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Personal Statement Personal Statement for the National Merit Competition This was written by the BigNerd himself Would you please get the mail my mother implored as I entered the door Heading towards the mailbox I wondered if I would find daily assortment of bills and catalogues or something interesting addressed to me To my delight the first item was the new issue of PC Computing Ever since I was introduced to computers when I was five I have been fascinated by them The summer before my sophomore year of high school I wrote a program called Quickchange 95 using Visual Basic This program changed the startup and shutdown screens of Windows 95 I distributed the program via shareware archives on the Internet and I received email from all over the world about my creation I shuffled through one of my mothers clothing catalogues to find my issue of Money Magazine I have been interested in business and finance since the day which we started studying the stock market in fifth grade The summer before my junior year I combined my interests in business and computers by starting a web design company with a friend We created a web site for a local bike shop which is only one of two bike shops in Connecticut to have a presence on the Internet Currently I am the head web designer for my school I intend to combine computers and business in my future career My goal is to work on the business side of a computer firm and eventually I would like to start my own computer company A board of education letter of commendation for my participation in the FIRST robotics program also arrived today I have been able to develop my entrepreneurial skills through the FIRST robotics program FIRST is a national engineering competition in which partnerships are formed between local businesses and high schools to design and build a
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