Describe your background in the four concentration areas of the program
Finance can be defined as the management of money, banking, investments, credit, and other assets . In my opinion, it is a vague and general term that sounds fancy but not concrete. Regardless of the ambiguity, I took various courses in management and financial accounting, macro and micro economic, international trade, management science (organizational behavior and design), and business. The ability to absorb a wide variety of knowledge from these courses enhanced my expertise and comprehension of the business. Computer Science knowledge alone is not adequate if I want to pursue a career in computational finance. Hence, I seek additional information in order to grasp the overall big picture. For example, I have been a regular BusinessWeek magazine subscriber for years and a constant reader of financial newspapers and websites because I understand that not everything can be learnt in school. I try to obtain knowledge from other places such as co-op work terms, readings, and talking to other people. In truth, the knowledge is different and diverse from school, yet just as beneficial or possibly even more than the theoretical knowledge schools provide.
Love for computer and technology lead me into Computer Science here at the University of Waterloo. It has been an adventurous and memorable journey thus far. Countless hours have been spent on assignments, codes, discussions, and exams. I complained about assignments like others, wondering why the exam was difficult or why my grade wasn’t up to my high set of standards despite my efforts. In the meantime, my mind quietly absorbed the materials and knowledge.I realize now these test have given me a strong foundation that I am equipped to undertake further challenges in the future. The co-op work terms proved to be extremely helpful as it provides practical experiences while the school offered theoretical ones....