I have chosen to study Software Engineering at the University of Alberta because I feel it will embrace my practical yet creative thinking skills and allow me to pursue a career in this discipline. Engineering is an interdisciplinary field of study where a single skill set is not enough.  Given a problem, a theoretical background, and people working together as a team, engineering shapes and advances the world in which we live. This is something in which I sincerely wish to take part.

Problems cannot be solved with the same mind set that created them.
— Albert Einstein

My ultimate career is one that embraces a multitude of skills. Software is not one subject or skill set, but a multitude of such that when combined, form a well-rounded and unique discipline. The culmination of every course, activity, leadership opportunity, and experience, has taught me how to think. Each discipline has its own thought process and way to overcome challenges. As Albert Einstein said, “Problems cannot be solved with the same mind set that created them.” By taking an interdisciplinary approach, I have given myself the opportunity to think as an academic, think as an artist, think as an athlete, and think as a leader, in an attempt to avoid Einstein’s trap. I have given myself the capacity to solve problems in a multitude of interconnected ways because I have realized that the best solution to a difficult problem is not found in a textbook, but found at the heart of the intricate web where all ideas converge.

My ideal career is a combination of working both independently and as part of a team.  Having played percussion in the West Vancouver Youth (Symphonic) Band, I know every instrument is pivotal in the music and a complete picture cannot be formed without it. Similarly, each engineer in a company represents an instrument in an ensemble. I hope to be successful and independent in my role, but like in music, make a contribution as a team member. 

Engineering challenges and supports me in strengthening my creative out-of-the-box thinking and exemplifies my results-oriented work ethic.


Education

University of Alberta

B.Sc. in Computer Engineering, Software Co-op
Class of April 2019

 

Rockridge Secondary School

High School Diploma (Honours with Distinction)
Class of June 2014


Awards & Scholarships

 
I’m the best at being humble (and ironic).
— Leland Jansen
 

Provincial Scholarship Award
Province of British Columbia  |  September 2014

University of Alberta Academic Excellence scholarship
University of Alberta  |  June 2014

University of Waterloo President's Scholarship
University of Waterloo  |  June 2014

Schulich School of Engineering Dean's Entrance Nominated Scholarship
University of Calgary  |  June 2014

Christina Lawson Scholarship in Music and Drama
West Vancouver Community Foundation  |  June 2014

Rockridge Citizenship Scholarship
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2014

Robert MacKenzie Memorial Scholarship
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2014

Award for Excellence in AP Statistics
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2014

Outstanding Service Award
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2014

Award for Honours with Distinction
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2014

Passport to Education Scholarship
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2014

West Vancouver Youth Award
Michael Smith (Mayor of West Vancouver)  |  May 2014

Seymour Schulich Academic and Community Service/Entrepreneurial Entrance Award - Shortlisted
University of Calgary  |  February 2014

TRIUMF High School Fellowship - Nominee
Rockridge Secondary School  |  February 2014

Canadian Association of Principals Student Leadership Award - School nomination
Rockridge Secondary School  |  February 2014

Principal's Award of Merit
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2013

Rockridge Good Samaritan Award
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2013

Rockridge Music Achievement Award
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2013

Award for Excellence in Spanish 12
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2013

Award for Excellence in Civic Studies 11
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2013

Award for Excellence in Photo Journalism
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2013

Outstanding Service Award
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2013

Passport to Education Scholarship
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2013

Award for Honours with Distinction
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2013

Rockridge Good Samaritan Award
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2012

Award for Excellence in Physical Education Conditioning 10
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2012

Outstanding Service Award
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2012

Passport to Education Scholarship
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2012

Award for Honours with Distinction
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2012

Random Acts of Kindness Award
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2012

Collingwood School Entrance Scholarship
Collingwood School  |  May 2012

Principal's Award of Merit
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2011

Rockridge Unsung Hero Award
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2011

Rockridge Intermediate Concert Band Award
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2011

Award for Excellence in Film & Television 9
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2011

Outstanding Service Award
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2011

Award for Honours with Distinction
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2011

Random Acts of Kindness Award
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2011

Award for Honours with Distinction
Rockridge Secondary School  |  June 2010