When I sat down to write my statement of purpose, I practically discarded the first 7 drafts justfor the one reason that in all of them I sounded like a machine that the IT industry had moldedme into in the past 14-16 months that I worked there. It lacked character and soul and lookedmore like a final piece of code before submission. I had to bring out my life story, rather than myresume and then I began to write what you are about to read.I am a computer engineer, class of 2015, who did what any other person would do in our countryafter graduating; take up a rather comfortable job in the IT industry. Clearing the on-campusinterview and getting a job on my own gushed a sense of achievement and pride in me, and mademe feel like I had earned it.
I finally had some tangible result of my years of dedication and hardwork that had gone into my education since the day I aspired to become an engineer. Day one atmy new job, I looked around and everything fascinated me. Stepping from college to aprofessional work atmosphere seemed thrilling enough for the then 22-year-old me and I justcouldn’t wait any longer to get started with my job. Time passed by soon enough, and the initialexcitement translated to a routine life, met a lot of nice people around me, and the idea of this jobdefining the remaining years of my life finally sunk in. One fine evening, after a rather hecticday at work, I took a 10-minute break just to have some ‘me’ time wherein I thought a lot aboutwhat is going to be my next move. This job was all right, but I wanted to achieve somethingmore, something greater.
I always wanted to give something back to the society, provide asolution to a concrete problem that pertains out there. During my days as an undergraduate, I,along with a few fellow batch mates had worked on a research paper. This paper aimed atdeveloping a distributed system which leverages open source technology and collects varied setsof data from different sources and process it to find hidden patterns and perform big dataanalytics on the same. While working for this paper submission, I was introduced to the powerand importance of data around us and how proper collection and analysis of data could be put toa much noble use. There was a ray of enlightenment at this very instance, and in a spur of themoment, I found out what will make me happy and satisfy me in the coming years. This isexactly how and why I decided to pursue a course in Business Analytics.
College was a memorable experience for me. When I look at some of the things that I did backthen, I realize that I had a knack for the field of management. I was a key event coordinator formy college’s annual technical and cultural event. In addition to that I was a member of theMicrosoft Student Partner program that organized numerous events in the campus.
Even thoughmy skills were rather rudimentary in the beginning, I took inspiration from my extremelytalented peers and followed the guidance of several mentors. This helped me hone my inherentmanagerial skills. I am rather confident that a well-balanced mixture of Business and Analytics iswhat would be needed to unleash to my potential.I started off with my share of research work on the program I wanted to pursue and the schoolsoffering it. Even before checking out the official website of Naveen Jindal School ofManagement, I already bore a good impression of the college in my mind because of theremarkable feedback I got from my peers who are currently pursuing a Master’s degree in thisprestigious university. The one thing that has impressed me the most about this college andmakes me want to choose it over the rest to fulfill my life’s ambition is the amount of flexibilitythat it has to offer amongst various fields of Analytics thus striking a perfect balance betweenmanagement and analytics.
Choosing the right college and going ahead with the perfect coursewas vital for my career path and hands down, was the biggest decision I ever had to make. Thiscourse would be laying the foundation of my coming years in the field of Data science. Aftereverything said and done, I firmly believe that pursuing an MS degree in Business Analyticsfrom the University of Texas at Dallas is the right way to go.