It has been
said that “Perseverance is not a long race, it is many short races done one by one”. Those perseverant short races
of my own life have always been influenced by my persistent determination to
achieve my goals and my passion for learning, and they shaped the person that I
have become.

My first
race started after finishing my high school. My father is a civil engineer and
I have always watched how different software supports his career by all means,
and that encouraged me to search and find out how different computing-related
fields take part and interact with all other scientific fields. In fact, that
was the first trigger for my choice of Informatics Engineering at Albaath
University as my major. I was and still am certain that of all scientific
specializations at the present time, Computer Science takes pride of place. Day after day, I was getting one step closer from finishing
my goal and graduating from the field I love. However, life is so unpredictable
and unfortunately, I had to drop out of my university after my third
year due to the war circumstances in Syria. I had to move to Saudi Arabia with
my family, but this move to a safe place for me was
more difficult than the war itself. In Syria, I was forbidden from my basic
rights like safety and security. In Saudi Arabia, I was also forbidden from
another basic right which is the access to education.  I was not allowed to enter universities and
continue my education for reasons that I don’t understand. I spent two years in
KSA just trying to find a way to continue my studies but I couldn’t. That is
not what I planned. Education for me is not something to compromise. I might
compromise my safety but not my education. 
As a result, I decided to move to Jordan and start over again my
education in 2013. I joined JUST University and enrolled in a more specific
oriented program, and this was an excellent platform for me on a personal,
academic and practical level. The experience of living and studying in a new
society gave me a bold and independent personality and eventually, I got my
bachelor in Network Engineering and Security with a very good grade.

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Completing
my masters’ studies is my next aim and studying abroad in a high-tech country
like Sweden will help me in constructing a better professional identity and
boosting my intellectual vitality. I wish to pick up a new language and meet with new people who have different backgrounds
and experiences in a country with a rich cultural diversity.

In
fact, University of Gothenburg ranks among the top 200 universities worldwide according
to Times Higher Education rankings in 2018, the sixth-ranked University in
Sweden and it has the highest number of applicants per study place in many of
its subjects and courses making it one of the most popular
universities in the country. In addition to that, each of the
university vision 2020 principles and the concrete strategies to reach
them has an influential factor in my choice. Being a quality-driven University
in research, education, and cooperation that supports a positive development
of its valuable international research will provide me with
the supportive infrastructure for innovation. And that high quality is assured
by having a highly qualified academic staff and researchers’ competencies, for
example, having a Nobel Prize winner -Arvid Carlsson- as one of its leading
professors. Also, the strong civic responsibility, working for the
environment and sustainable development, and how this is put into effect,
attract me as I need to know more about this field in order to help
my country to the next stage. Personally, as an
international student, I have a keen sense of an open
and welcoming atmosphere at the University of Gothenburg. Thus for
the welcome services that it has and according to
a survey set by studyportals website for international
student in 2015, University of Gothenburg was the only Scandinavian university
received an “Outstanding International Student Satisfaction Award”.
Additionally, the inspiring work environment that the
university has and is aiming to develop, the modern
approach to learning that the university guarantees with a
continuous flow of new knowledge and ideas, its value base and
the concern for equality from equal opportunities to participate
in activities to even gender distribution. All of these reasons make me feel
that I made the best decision for choosing the University of
Gothenburg to complete my studies.

 

 the decisive factor for me to choose this
particular master programme in Computer Science is its flexibility and the
courses diversity (very long sentence. Try to divide
it) (Also, try to bring facts here like its ranking, strategy, student
satisfaction, achievements, etc). This programme introduces a wide
variety of courses that I have a very good background at and I would like to
explore them in-depth. Besides, Computer Systems and Networks is one of the
programme specializations which is right up my street yet I also have a real
passion in programming and I am eager to enhance my related qualifications in
problem-solving, theoretical and applied researching and handling with complex
situations in both domains as well as other information technology areas. (You need to be more specific when it comes to why you are
interested in this course)

“Knowledge
is power” and I need this power to achieve my life goals. I am determined
to have a vital role in the breakthrough technologies which will shape our
digital future and change our globe into a better sustainable place. I also aim
to develop my competencies and skills that I will need in my job prospects. Yet
my war-torn country suffers the fight consequences, I will spare no effort
to immerse my knowledge and transfer tomorrow’s technological development to my
nation in order to live it up to the developed country level. I believe that I
have the required enthusiasm for and commitment to learning that are crucial to
success in reaching my challenging targets and I am sure that this programme
will route me towards that.

In
conclusion, getting the opportunity of studying this masters’ programme at the
University of Gothenburg will be a life-changing experience for me that will
influence my fruitful future. I was able to cope with challenges that life
throws me at and this chance one will be another race that I am ambitious
enough to complete with all my efforts.