The Information Age

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Growing up in the information age, everybody in my generation is influenced by computers. Not merely regarding computers as a toy or tool in my childhood, I was curious about the computer itself - how it works and what it can do for me. The first time I used programming was in primary school. Not printing “Hello, world” like others, I was able to draw pictures and even create games using Logo programming language. The charm of programming is very attractive to me. While in high school I participated in the National Olympiad in Informatics in Provinces (NOIP) and trained every day solving over 300 questions in total. Through unrelenting efforts, I was awarded first prize three times. Because of this experience I laid a solid foundation for my algorithm skills and it has taught me to always solve problems in a comprehensive way. Eventually, I was recommended for admission to the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) because of my specialty in programming and superior academic skills.

My undergraduate education at USTC has provided me with a strong and comprehensive background in Computer Science. The curriculum included all the basic courses in Computer Science such as Data Structures, Algorithms, Operating System, Compiler and so forth. These courses improved my skills in reading and writing programs and promoted my understanding of computer systems. For instance, I implemented a C/0 (a simplified C) complier in two ways: writing a recursive descent parser

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