Please submit a one-page， single-spaced essay that explains why you have chosen Carnegie Mellon and your particular major（s）， department（s） or program（s）.
My interest in mathematics stems from the first time my teacher taught me calculus in tenth grade. I was so intrigued to discover the area under the curve can be calculated so easily and even completed the problems not assigned by the teacher that night. From that day on， boring math homework for others started to be my first homework to complete even to this day. Today， I sit in the classroom of the most difficult mathematics course the school offers – multivariable calculus – solving interesting ellipsoid problems.
After finishing my tenth grade in China， I went back to America， the country I was born in and raised for seven years. The change was enormous， both culturally and academically. For the first month， I had a hard time adjusting to the different situation. Fortunately， I survived after two months； and within several months later， I found myself excelling once again academically. I even had more class participation in Shakespeare Literature classes！ Nonetheless， my passion for math remained consistent across the continental shift. When it was homework time， my math notebook was always on the top of the pile.
In high school， I benefited from the great opportunities my school offered and had much free time to pursue my math interests. Every week in school， there are preparation sessions for the math competition “Great New Haven Math League，” which is a regional math competition held every two weeks throughout the entire school year. In February， I have the chance to represent my school， along with my math team members， to attend the Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament. As one of the key members on the math team， I established practice groups during free time so that team members can solve practice problems together and help each other. In June， I represented my school in attending the American Regions Math League， which is a competition held annually joined by high schools across America.
At Mellon College of Science， I would elect to study both the Mathematical Science degree and the Computational Finance Minor， as I desire to enter the financial world after college. Doing so would equip me with the advanced mathematical modeling aptitude to succeed in numerous roles on Wall Street， such as currency trading. I look forward to solving interesting problems with my classmates and enjoying the enthusiasm mathematics brings to us. Moreover， I look forward to partaking in various math contests including the Putnam Competition.
In closing， math is going to be one of my enduring friends and accompany me throughout my entire life. Future studies in my life will determine my ultimate vocation， but math will be an essential factor despite the field in which I work. Mastering advanced mathematics concepts during college will ensure me the fulfillment of my passion and broaden my perspectives in the ocean of knowledge that is mathematics.