UC ​Berkeley Admissions Essays

Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience

Prompt:

Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?


I am an Internet entrepreneur. Since age 12, I have coded and designed websites -- for my school, the local community, and as a personal hobby and pastime. In fact, I started my own Internet business in 2004 and was hired as a webmaster by Intel Corporation this past summer. I also volunteer my free time to run the website of the largest community service club at my high school, Key Club. My interest in Internet technology started out as a mere curiosity and casual pursuit, but has steadily evolved into a central part of who I am today.

When I first signed onto the net at age 10, I felt a curiosity and passion unlike anything I had felt before. The net was my new toy and I wanted to know what made it tick. Thus began my quest for answers. I learned HTML, the basic building blocks of every website. Next, I taught myself JavaScript, Cascading Style Sheets . . . and the list goes on.

By age 14, I considered myself a seasoned web design veteran. That year, I started an Internet business called FreeTheFlash Entertainment. The website, (http://www.freetheflash.com), is a multimedia entertainment portal that collects user-submitted videos, flash animations, and games from all over the net. Originally created to host my own creative work (short movies I made with my friends, funny home videos, etc.), the website has grown exponentially and now serves the entire online community. In the process of starting and maintaining this website I’ve learned leadership, communication, and business skills that literally define who I am today. I’ve learned that innovation and new ideas are crucial in creating anything successful and worthwhile in today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape.

I’m proud of my web development talent because it allows me to share my creativity with the world, while providing others a vehicle to share their creativity as well. In the last year alone, my website reached over 620,000 visitors who viewed over 3 million webpages. I’ve even made a deal with an advertising company.

My dream is to push the envelope of Internet technology past its existing boundaries and limitations. I’m not afraid to break tradition; to do things better than they’ve been done before. I like the idea of creating something that has value to those who use it. There is still a lot to be learned about software and the Internet, and I plan to be on the forefront of new developments. I have a strong background in leadership as well as exposure to the high-tech industry and I desire to continue my higher education in the fields of electrical engineering and computer science.


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Anonymous Student. "Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience" StudyNotes.org. Study Notes, LLC., 07 Oct. 2013. Web. 29 May. 2017. <https://www.apstudynotes.org/uc-berkeley/tell-us-about-a-personal-quali/>.
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