NOTE: I believe myself to be a bit absent minded when I write things. I tend to forget to type out words or leave in words and will not take notice even after re-reading my entries. I am apologizing in advance for any errors you may come across in my writing.
For my first blog entry, I will do the basic introduction and just talk a little about myself. I graduated from a California State University (CSU) in Spring 2008 with a B.S. in Computer Science and minor in Mathematics. My GPA is a low 3.11 and my Major GPA is a bit lower than that. My GRE scores are 490V, 760Q, and 4.5AWA. I didn't spend too much time studying for the verbal section since my practice tests were between 530 - 580 which is the score I was aiming for in the first place. I believe my verbal score was lower on the actual test because I rushed to finish (bad idea). The worst part of it was that I had plenty of time to finish, but my brain interpreted the numbers incorrectly on the screen. I didn't take notice of the actual time till I had 5 questions remaining...I finished with about 10 minutes to spare. I had one internship as a software engineer at a big name company during my time as an undergraduate and a research assistant position at a top 10 University after graduating.
I originally applied for graduate study in Computer Science for Fall 2009, but things turned really sour when all my applications ended up being incomplete due to a bit of miscommunication between myself and one of my writers for a letter of recommendation. Even with this mishap, I was accepted into the University of Southern California, UC Irvine, and UC Riverside. UC Riverside even offered me a scholarship/fellowship (not really sure which) for $9k during my first year of study. It was a really tempting offer, but I felt that I should reapply for Fall 2010.
For Fall 2010, I had more time to research schools and prepare my application materials. I am reapplying to a few schools that I applied to last year and a couple new ones that I had overlooked. I started writing my SOP in July and finished it in early September. I went through about 6 - 8 revisions (with at least 5 people reading my SOP during each revision). I sent my final revision to my 3 LORs. I did tweak my essay a bit afterward for each school I was applying to and I think it turned out very well. At the moment, I am waiting for all my LORs to be submitted which is more stressful than it should be. One of my LOR has been unresponsive to my emails and it's really getting to me. Last year, I started to develop a bit of an anxiety problem because of all the stress from graduate applications. I also gained weight and there were some complications with my liver. For those reading and still applying: Get your stress under control or you may end up with anxiety issues or worse. My liver is now fine by the way, but the weight is still there. Back to my LORs, I will be bugging them starting on Monday to get their LOR in. I may even start calling, but I hope it doesn't turn them off to even submitting then I will definitely be in a world of hurt.
Now perhaps you might be wondering why I named my blog, "To infinity and beyond". I am hoping many of you know that it is Buzz's key phrase from Toy Story (if not, please rent the movie and watch it!). So how does it relate to me? As a child, I grew up watching Disney movies and fell in love with all the movies produced by Pixar. I produced my first flip book animation of a stick figure walking using a packet of sticky notes when I was at the tender age of 6. Although I didn't really get into art, I knew that I had to be involved somehow. I was actually going to double major in both art (traditional animation) and computer science, but both majors required one's full attention so I planned on finishing my degree in computer science before going back to earn a degree in art. I would say that this was a bad move on my part and that I should have just better scheduled my courses for both art and computer science. My undergraduate University implemented a policy of not allowing those who have a degree return for a second degree. I hate brick walls, don't you? Back to why my blog is named that way. Well, I'm applying to graduate school to expand my knowledge of computer graphics and hopefully contribute to the body of computer graphics research. The schools I have applied to are actively involved in the computer graphics industry and I hope to be working at Pixar one day.
I apologize for cutting this so abruptly, but it is 2am here and I'm pretty tired.