Ucf Honors College Essay Prompt

Prompt: The writer Pearl Buck once said: "One faces the future with one&#;s past." What in your life and your background has made you who you are today?

My uncle&#;s room was hotter than the rest.

Upon entering, I realized why. Whirls and buzzes of computer fans, flashing LEDs, and the glare of the large CRT monitor dispersed heat coming off the jet-black aluminum computer case. Rapid mouse-clicks and keyboard-taps came from my uncle, confined in his own world of concentration. He was playing Counter-Strike, an old computer game.

And then he sealed my fate: he turned to me and offered to let me play.

Ever since then, I would rush to finish dinner before my uncle and run to his computer to play video games. Upon arriving, the rapid words left my mouth: "Can I use your computer? Yes? Thanks!" The countdown started. My playing time was determined by how long it took my uncle to finish eating and return to his throne and my favorite chair of the house: his computer chair.

What was a simple love for video games became full-blown passion for computers. I remember begging him to teach me how computers worked. He let me look at the inside of his computer, an alien creature. Its organs, the boards and drives, were each connected by a flurry of different wires sometimes splitting in two before diverging into one and completing the circuit. Like a surgeon, he&#;d disconnect a few, swap out components, and reconnect everything in the span of a minute or so.

The foreign boards and drives became distinguishable. The alien&#;s heart suddenly became the power supply; its brain, the processor. I, too, was able to operate-to switch hard drives and take out random-access memory (RAM)-albeit at a much slower pace. Mistakes were made, and components were broken-however-my passion never wavered. In fact, the progression of technical skill drove me to further explore how the components worked.

Programming became a hobby. I learned that programs compiled into assembly language stored variables in certain parts of the memory, each with their own address. I learned how programs were read by the computer, and how to optimize the speed of such programs-such as using bilateral search and other advanced programming paradigms.

Now, I, too, have a room filled with a harmony of fans buzzing and bright green LED lights spelling out "GeForce," the brand of my video card. However, I did not create my computer on my own. It was my uncle&#;s ardor that initially planted the seed of ambition in me, driving me to obtain the skillset and eventual longing for higher education in computer science. Confucius once said: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

Any help or feedback is GREATLY appreciated! I welcome and love criticism, as I want the best essay possible within the time-frame. Thank you!

Whoops. Updated with proper revisions.

My uncle&#;s room was hotter than the rest.

Upon entering, I realized why. Computer fans whirling and buzzing, LED lights flashing, and the large CRT monitor defined the environment around the jet black aluminum computer case. My uncle emitted rapid mouse clicks and keyboard taps, confined in his own world of concentration. He was playing Counter-Strike, an old computer game.

And then he sealed my fate: he turned to me and offered to let me play.

Ever since then, I would rush to finish dinner before my uncle and run to his computer to play video games. Upon arriving, the rapid words left my mouth: "Can I use your computer? Yes? Thanks!" The countdown started. My playing time was determined by how long it took my uncle to finish eating and return to his throne and my favorite chair of the house: his computer chair.

What was a simple love for video games became full-blown passion for computers. I remember begging him to teach me how computers worked. He let me look at the inside of his computer, an alien creature. Its organs, the boards and drives, were each connected by a flurry of different wires sometimes splitting in two before diverging into one and completing the circuit. Like a surgeon, he&#;d disconnect a few, swap out components, and reconnect everything in the span of a minute or so.

The foreign boards and drives became distinguishable. The alien&#;s heart suddenly became the power supply; its brain, the processor. I, too, was able to operate-to switch hard drives and take out random access memory (RAM)-albeit at a much slower pace. Mistakes were made, and components were broken-however-my passion never wavered. In fact, the progression of technical skill drove me to further explore how the components worked.

Programming became a hobby. I learned that programs compiled into assembly language and stored variables in certain parts of the memory, each with their own address. I learned how programs were read by the computer and how to optimize the speed of such programs-such as using bilateral search and other advanced programming paradigms.

Now, I, too, have a room filled with a harmony of fans buzzing and bright green LED lights spelling out "GeForce," the brand of my video card. However, I did not create my computer on my own. It was my uncle&#;s ardor that initially planted the seed of ambition in me, driving me to obtain the skill set and eventual longing for higher education in computer science.

You have not mention much about your uncle, it would be more captivating if you emphasize that your uncle was way older then you and in contradictory profession. However he become addicted to computer games.

Something that can bring out the point that somebody&#;s entertainment inadvertently given ignited spark in you to learn about today&#;s most demanding field computer engineering.

Undoubtedly structure of your essay would keep a person engross in reading.

Programming became a hobby. I learned that programs compiled into assembly language and stored variables in certain parts of the memory, each withtheirown address.

Perhaps, you could write this programming has been a hobby of mine ever since I was 17 years old.
Their:does it refer to variables, parts, or programs?



In order to fulfill the Honors coursework requirements for the University Honors Program students must successfully complete:

1. Honors Freshmen Symposium (2 credit hours)
2. 4 (12 credit hours) Honors General Education Program classes
3. 3 or 4 upper division Honors classes, depending on major, one of which must be an Interdisciplinary Seminar

You can find the Honors classes offered during spring and fall terms here. 

In order to reserve your seat for The Burnett Honors College, you must complete all three of the following steps:

1. Submit your UCF Enrollment Deposit: Information about committing to UCF and submitting the UCF Enrollment Deposit can be found online here.

2. Sign up for Orientation: for first-year students, the next step is to register for the Honors Orientation. Only students who have been admitted to The Burnett Honors College are eligible for this special Orientation! Registration information for Orientation can be found online here.

3. Return the Honors Student Reply Form.  Honors Student Reply forms will be mailed to students starting February 15th, or will be included with the admission letter for students admitted after February 15th.  Forms should be submitted no later than May 1; however, seats are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, which means that it is possible for the class to fill before the May 1 deadline.

Once all three steps are complete, you will receive a letter that confirms that your seat is reserved.

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