RIT’s CSEC/CS double major instruction guide asks for a one-page personal statement to be submitted along with Double Major Authorization form. The statement should include the following information:
- Your name and contact information
- Why you are hoping to add a Double Major in Computer Science
- Your academic strengths
- Your professional goals and interests
This article includes my personal statements (names redacted) and how I wrote it. I hope this post will help students applying to double-majors at RIT.
Addressing the committee
My Personal Statement
I want to double major in Computing Security and Computer Science because I am extremely interested in both fields, and I want the ability to solve complex problems that overlap in computing security and computer science. Last summer, I researched current problems in the cybersecurity industry and software industry. I found that computer programmers had difficulty writing secure code, and that cybersecurity professionals could not fix insecure code because of insufficient programming knowledge. Since I enjoy cybersecurity and computer science, I decided that I should apply for a double major, so I would be able to help solve these problems.
Last semester, I earned a 4.0 grade point average (GPA). I worked very hard, and I am extremely proud of my accomplishments at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). I realize that double majoring requires more effort than a single academic track. I love school, and I realize that I need to work hard in order to succeed. The combination of hard work, and a genuine love for education will enable me to be successful in a double major.
At RIT, I have been exposed to people that work in fields where computing security and computer science intersect. In September, after multiple tests and three interviews, I was offered an internship at Deloitte’s Cyber Risk and Advisory Department. At Deloitte, I met one of my career mentors, John Doe. Mr. Doe and I have spoken about double majoring at RIT. Since Mr. Doe’s occupation requires expertise in computing security and computer science, he thought that having a formal double major was an excellent idea. I would like to work in a position that is similar to Mr. Doe’s, so I believe that double majoring will help me reach my career goals.
In summary, I love academics, and I work very hard. These traits helped me achieve a 4.0 GPA at RIT. I believe that these traits will also enable me to be successful while pursuing a double major, and that a double major in computing security and computer science will enhance my career goals.