College of Engineering:
Engineers turn ideas (technical, scientific, mathematical) into reality. Tell us about an engineering idea you have or your interest in engineering. Explain how Cornell Engineering can help you further explore this idea or interest.
When I hear the word "engineer", I immediately picture a person wearing hard hat and holding a blueprint. As it turns out, many engineers are not the typical architecture engineers I picture. Some looks like scientists with their lab coats and weird color chemicals; some looks like farmers working in a field with shovels and hoes; some looks like average day people dressed in t-shirts and jeans ready to program some software. I belong to the latter description. I want to become a computer engineer.
I have always been interested in the "magical super calculator", even at an early age. At that time, the computer, in my ignorant little mind, is a machine that can calculate math problems really fast, play cool looking games, and type documents with a tolerance of errors (unlike the typewriter). To some extend what I thought were right, but computers' abilities were far beyond my imagination. Until recently, I never wondered about computers' hidden secrets. How does a letter appear when one types it on a keyboard? How does a character move on the screen when one presses the arrow keys? How does an email travel through the Internet when one clicks a button? Such seemingly simple tasks are found to be quite complex behind its programming and algorithm roots. I don't know the answers to those questions. Like the quote, "The more you know, the more you realize you know nothing." All I know is that the computer is even a deeper mystery than before.
The only way to dissolve ignorance is knowledge. Cornell University not only offers the top-notch education, it also has the state-of-the-art research centers, like the Center for Advanced Computing, which was one of the five original centers of the National Science Foundation's Supercomputer Centers Program. And Cornell offers over a dozen of research areas for computer engineers, such as artificial intelligence, programming, systems and networking, and my most interested area - graphics. Like the Engineering Communications Program and the Kessler Fellows Program, Cornell is overflowing with opportunities waiting for engineer wannabe like me to experience.
With advancing technology, computers are becoming more and more complex each day. Without the proper education, I'm becoming more and more ignorant each day. Again, the only way to dissolve ignorance is knowledge. Cornell offers the knowledge. I have the willingness to learn the knowledge. Within four years, I will become a computer engineer. The once "wannabe" will change from "wanna" to "be".
What do everyone think about it? Any comments would be appreciated.
I have to admit, the conclusion is a bit... odd. But what do you think about it? Should I change it?
Describe your reasoning behind choosing your major.