Learning fuels my creativity.
Almost everything I do regularly, whether playing a particular sport, building some new DIYs, solving a problem, or writing a speech, has originated from my desire and passion to learn and master that skill. I have always believed in the age old adage that there is no age to learn something new. Since the time I was introduced to computers, I was always intrigued by user interfaces and got curious as to the thought process behind designing them. In this day and age, every person consumes information from multiple devices, such as phones, laptops and tablets to name a few. The human computer experience is unique to each interaction.
The first impression of a product is its UI that can make or break a product. Moreover, the way a user interacts with a UI is a very critical component of its design, and often overlooked. Over the years, both as a user of such devices as well as a consumer of information, my passion for UI design has been stoked with the advancement made in making decisions to make them more responsive.I realized that knowledge of the cognitive aspects of the representation of information coupled with a strong CS background and work experience has helped me create efficient user interfaces. My work-experience and projects so far can help me relate human interaction with technology to overcome communication barriers.
In order to broaden my understanding in everyday computer applications, I have taken courses at Udacity comprising the Front End Web & Full Stack Web Development nanodegrees. My projectwork has also investigated the perception of successful multimedia designs and its impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of information systems. The fascination of learning through computers and being able to learn at one’s own pace motivated me to take up these courses at Udacity. In addition to these challenging courses, I have also gained immense knowledge about user interactive designs and computer mediated communication through various computer science courses, projects and industrial experience.
Since I have spent a majority of my life in India, I am aware of the hardships some less fortunate families face to meet the basic educational needs. I would eventually like to help such people get a good education by developing the skills to create software designs that I can subsequently apply in an academic environment to promote e-learning techniques. When I was in India, I was an active member of the Rotary Club. Through this organization, I could spend some quality time with the orphan children and also got the opportunity of reading to the blind students. While these activities were both educational and motivational, they also provided me with a unique experience in the basics of communication against the backdrop of emotional and physical handicap. Thus, I have had wonderful opportunities to combine my interests in working with people and the computers. Although I have learned a lot from these experiences, I feel that with further training in human computer interaction, I could improve my performance in developing effective user interface designs and information architectures, intended for people from all walks of life.I am sure that the HFID program will help me succeed in pursuing my ambition of advancing computer education in an under-served community.
One of my closely cherished dreams is the ability to impart my knowledge to those who do not have access to education and contribute to their success. Thus, the combination of my interest in community service and my technical skills will help in the academic development of youth; which would in turn help me not just achieve my career goals, but also help me fulfil my dream.