I in their academics to my current

I want to obtain a Master
of Science in Information Technology at the Carnegie Melon University Africa
with specialization in Data Science. Right from my primary school days when I
tutored my mates to pass their Mathematics examinations, through to my University
days where my work as the Secretary of the Computer Science Students’
Association(COMPSSA)
made me popular among my peers and juniors who sought my  aid in their academics to my current position
as a National Service Teaching Assistant at the University of Ghana Computer
Science Department, I have always wanted to impart knowledge and help groom the
minds of Africa’s current and future generation. After my degree, I plan to
return to my home-country to lobby for Data Science to be added as a career
path for both IT and Computer Science students while lecturing here, at the
University of Ghana. Since I plan to stay in academia, I will have to read a
Ph.D. which I intend to do in Data Science to help train more Data Scientist
that Ghana critically needs. G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 

Joseph set up an internet
cafe failed 4 years later had many questions. He had bought new products,
advertised and improved service, yet the business saw no advancement. He had
many questions that could have been easily answered by Data Science through the
collection data such as the number of people living in thisG7 
area and their age demographic, how many people use the internet, the number of
cafes available, etc. When analyzed and interpreted using structured or
unstructured scientific methods, processes, and systemsG8 ,
this data held all the answers. In Ghana, when people mention Computer Science,
we only think of Programming, Networking or Cyber Security. We fail to see the
essentiality of Data Science. It’s ability to: ensure national and public
safety through easy access to data on convicted criminals, improvement of
energy consumption if the Electricity Company had data on illegal connections
to the National Electricity Grid and better healthcare provision if we had data
on population and age demographics of a specific ailmentG9 G10 .

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I remember the first time
I played Super Mario 3 in 2004, I was hooked. From Mortal Kombat (Shaolin
Monks) to Road Rash to Need for Speed(Nitro), my love for games increased.
Hence, my decision to read General Science in Senior High School because I
secretly wanted to become a game developer whose games will have countless
female riders, fighters, and plG11 ayers. During my final year project, after
all the processes involved in getting data for my Property Tax Registration and
Payment System, I stumbled upon Data Science. I knew at the moment that I
wanted to become a Data Scientist. I never knew why I had
insisted on minoring Statistics since I had originally been accepted into the
University of Ghana as a Computer Science single major student. I realized that
I had not stayed with Statistics only because I enjoyed working with data using
R, SPSS, Excel or MATLAB only but because Data Science had been the end
game since it allowed me to indulge both my love for Computer Science and
Statistics. Indeed, courses such as Sample Survey, Statistical Methods and
Programming 2 (Java and JavaScript) had prepared me for it.G12 

As a debater, I have
always had a strong edge to question conventions, always wondering if there are
no better alternatives. My choice
in applying for Carnegie, though partially attributed to its ranking in
Computer Science is chiefly because at CMU-Africa, I will be able to gain
industry internships and practicums. In the world of IT, what is most important
is the skills an individual acquires and how those skill set can be properly
utilized in the job place to solve problems and which is exactly what the
practicums exposes me to? As a firm believer in giving back to mama Africa as
seen in volunteering with G13 Soronko foundation in their Tech Needs
Girls programs, the end of the month outreach to high schools and other higher
learning institutions also drew me to CMU-Africa.G14 G15 G16 G17 G18 G19 

As president of my high
school Science club, I managed to increase the number of people who attend club-meetings
from less than 20 to 70 through the organization of an end of year party.
Everyone who knows Mr. G20 Azalekor, the club patron, will admit what
a huge feat it was to convince him to do anything. Regardless of his adamant
ways, I seemed to be his favorite. Looking back, I think it was because of my
ability to use data and numbers to prove my point. As the cell leader of my
church, I was able to increase the number of people who come for meetings using
data from extensive research to address specific problems of members such
organizing programs that increased socialization among members such as cell day
out. As the secretary for the Computer Science Department, I found a more
effective way of communicating with students and conducted some informal
interviews to allow members of the Department to air their views, bring these
concerns to the executive body and trying to find ways to solve these problems
in spite of the limited funds available to the association.

  I am a sanguine-choleric who is resilient.
Though I had some challenges adjusting to the university system, hence my first
semester results, I got academically stronger such that I was awarded the
General Electric Prize for overall best female Computer Science Student in
level 200. My caring nature and natural ability to make friends easily made me
one of the most popular students in both Computer Science and Statistics
DepartmentsG21 . My determination, drive, competence, love
for learning and teaching has made me unforgettable to all my lecturers,
colleagues at work and the students I teach.

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