Dear Sir or Madam,
I am interested in applying for a Bachelor's Degree program in Computer Science, starting in 2013. My name is Ilja, I am a 23 year old young man from Latvia. Since my childhood I've been wondering what differentiates the most successful people from others. I still can't say if I know the answer, but I think determination is the key factor because it's all that matters in the long run.
Even though information technology is one of the most rapidly developing areas, it's not very well paid in my country. I've started to study programming by myself a couple of years ago and developed a few web-based applications.
I have decided to study abroad for many reasons. The main reason is to master my programming skills and develop the necessary skill set to become a high demand employee. The living standards in Latvia are lower then in the UK and I'm looking forward the opportunity to change my lifestyle as well as contribute to society. I am also excited about the possibility of challenging myself in a new environment and meeting new people.
Out of all the computer skills, programming is my area of expertise. The profession is all about problem solving, which can get very creative sometimes, just as in real life. The ability to create is what excites me the most about programming. Unlike other jobs in computing, it allows you to create something of your own and share it which I believe is one of the greatest pleasures in man's life. I also like the fact that I'm getting technical education and that IT specialists are always in demand. I plan to build an international career in this field. Studying in the UK will be a great opportunity because the British educational system has very high standards of education.
For the past few years I've been working in a major American travel corporation. It was a performance-based salary job, which led me toward developing such qualities as purposefulness, persistence, and the ability to focus. A lot of work had to be coordinated between various departments thus multitasking and team work were a big part of it. The essential skill to this job was communication, which I mastered by learning neuro linguistic programming. Further I've become interested in mind power and mental training. It's a big part of me now and I implement it in all aspects of my life, in work, in relationships, and in sports. This job has given me a lot, but it's time to move on and find my place in life. Ten years from now I see myself as a very competent expert in the computer field or as entrepreneur building a software company.
Overall, I am very energetic, open and eager to learn. In school I have always been good at exact sciences.
In my later school years I was chosen as a member of the school council and significantly contributed by organizing school events. As to my non-academic activities, I'm into sports and philosophy. I've been swimming for six years, dancing for three years and for the past seven years I've been working out on my own at the gym. I like philosophy because it helps me to stay centered, down to earth and gives me clarity of thought and keeps me on my determined path.
This opportunity to study in the UK will broaden my horizons and will give me a world class education and help me to create the life that I've always wanted. Considering my skills and great love for the subject I believe your program will benefit immensely from my presence. Thank you very much in advance for this opportunity and for considering my application.