I quickly excelled at the job which required detailed, logical thinking to solve problems. I particularly enjoyed the tasks of managing our aging Linux and Sun server infrastructure. While the Windows servers came with easy-to-follow graphic interfaces and documentation, the other servers required difficult to remember console commands and pouring over man-pages. I decided to leave the Navy to follow my goal of becoming a system administrator by studying Computer Science.
It was at university that I found out the classes barely covered system administration or servers. While originally disappointed, I fell in love with the logic problems involved with programming and the ability to create products out of code. I started to practice coding problems and go to hackathons outside of class time.
My last summer in school, I was lucky enough to find a software development internship at Veterans United Home Loans. I enjoyed the work environment, and the mission of putting veterans into homes, but even more I love the fact that my job is using programming to solve problems.
I’ve beenable to use my old experiences as a system administrator by writing PowerShell scripts to improve efficiency and I’ve been able to learn all new skills with APIs and databases as a back-end developer. On a team of four, we help automate much of the home loan process, creating web applications that internal costumers use every day.
I’ve been living in the world of technology for rough ten years and the biggest thing I’ve learned is to constantly learn. From helpdesk and system administration in the Navy, to studying computer science in University, to being a software developer at a mortgage company, the individuals who stand out are those who push themselves to always be improving and learning. That’s why I want to pursue my Master of Science in Computer Science at Georgia Tech. I want to continue to learn and better myself and Georgia Tech gives me the best option due to its availability, technical depth, and price.
I love my job. Every day I wake up to be surrounded by individuals just as thrilled to work in technology as I am. In addition, my work has the amazing mission of putting veterans into their dream homes. It’s a great place to work that is only limited in the education opportunities available. Unfortunately, Veterans United Home Loans is located in Columbia, Missouri and the options to further my computer science education are limited to University of Missouri -an on-campus program that would require me to miss work to attend.
This is why the availability of Georgia Tech’s OMSCS is so appealing. The program gives those in industry the ability to attend class and work on projects in their free time. I look forward to the opportunity to take classes like Compilers and Advanced Operating Systems from a world-class facility in my spare time whilecontinuing to work at a job I enjoy. The program gives people like me the ability to continue their education where historically not possible.
Secondly, I chose Georgia Tech particularly for the Computing Systems specialization. Classes such as Software Architecture and Design will help develop my skills as a software developer and will increase my value to my current company; whereas, classes like Compilers and High Performance Computer Architecture are courses I wanted to take during undergraduate but was unable due to scheduling issues.
Lastly, the price is a huge draw to the program. The cost of the entire program is a fraction of that of a single year at other top programs. While I plan on covering the costs of the program with the portion of my GI Bill left over, the low cost allows me to worry more about absorbing the materials and less about how to best pay for the education.
In conclusion, I believe the Georgia Tech Online Master of Science in Computer Science is the best choice. The ability to attend a top rank school wherever I am, combined with a large collection of classes, at a reasonable price, are features that no other school can currently match. It is for these reasons, and many more, I have chosen to only apply to the GT OMSCS program.