Hey guys!! Hope you are all well despite the freezing weather conditions – if you are in a location which currently has snow then I am majorly jealous of you! All we have had here in Treforest is hailstone storms to be honest… I had a go at sticking my head outside the door and to be fair, it was pretty painful! The hailstones were genuinely the size of small stones! Anyways, enough grumbling about the weather I guess. Hope everybody’s had a good week – mine has been top notch, even though I am pretty much covered in work!
It wasn’t really an average weekend for me though this weekend..on Friday I found out that there was a big competition on held by a very large and well known security company – and the competition was breaking codes. All very geek-sounding, I know, but being a competitive guy, I just couldn’t resist… Cryptography is one of the modules I study this year and it is all about breaking codes – very interesting if any of you fancy reading up on it! So I entered.. and I am currently on the final stage of the competition, with the deadline being tomorrow. Likelihood is I won’t have time to finish it off unfortunately, as I still have some Uni work to complete, however it was a great feeling cracking the first two stages of code. Having only done the cryptography module for 5 weeks now, it was a great chance to put what I had learnt into practice and try to use my own logical thinking ability too.
So, what’s my point? Well, when I embraced my inner geek and took on the code-breaking challenge, it also did me a few favours. I can quite happily pop on my CV now that I have successfully completed 2 sections of code-breaking off my own back a.k.a I took my own time to follow up something I was interested in and developed my skills further. It would also serve useful in a job interview – a common question might be for the interviewer to ask what I do to follow up on my interests outside of my degree course and that would give me an oppertunity to prove my interest by pointing out things like that which I have done. It can give you that little extra positive factor which other applicants may not have.
So for those of you out there looking at applying to Uni now – you can make the most of this too. Read around your topic, participate in subject related things wherever possible and make sure you put it straight into your CV or Personal Statement. It shows that you are motivated and have a genuine interest/passion for your chosen topic – and that is exactly what the University admissions teams are looking for. If you get interviewed as part of your application too, then make sure you bring it up and highlight the fact that you have gone the extra mile!
Anyways, I guess I should get back to Uni work – determined to finish it as soon as I can so that I might still have a chance to have one last crack at the final round of code-breaking, which is incredibly difficult:) lets just say its been a few very late nights (early mornings in fact). I hope you all have a good week and if you have snow, make sure you get sledging!!! J