Statement of Purpose
I was born in 1992, in the beautiful city of Gorgan, in which I had a peaceful and happy life. As a child, I enjoyed playing with friends, solving puzzles, painting, and video games. From early days of school, I liked critical thinking much more than rote memorization, although the educational system in Iran always encourages students to memorize things. When I was 11, I was selected for the National Organization for the Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET) through an exam with less than 1% acceptance rate, which is mainly based on mathematics and intelligence questions.
In our middle school, affiliated with the NODET, we were trained in a more advanced level in many fields of study, which made me more interested in Mathematics and Physics. When I was 15, I read Fundamentals of Physics by David Halliday on my own as an extracurricular activity. It was fascinating for me that everything happening around us has a mathematical explanation based on the fundamental principles of Physics. When I was 16, I was accepted in the first round of the National Olympiad in Physics by being among the first 1000 participants. A year later, I repeated the same success in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. The same year, I found one of my enjoyable hobbies, programming, for the first time by learning BASIC programming language.
In the last year of high school, like any other students in Iran, I prepared myself for the National University Entrance Exam (known as Konkoor) as the main way to enter National universities and ranked 518th from among more than 300,000 participants. At the same time, I participated in the entrance exam for medical science and was accepted to School of Medicine of Azad University. In the summer, before entering university, because of my interest in Discrete Mathematics, which I became familiar with in the last year of high school, I read a book about Combinatorics and really loved it. At the same time, I was searching to choose my major for university. Although I was accepted to the school of medicine, I was confident that mathematics is my most important interest. Therefore, I preferred to choose a major related to mathematics instead. After consulting with a computer engineering student, I was told that computer engineering is suitable for me if I am interested in Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics. Hence I chose Computer Engineering as my major, and, because of my top rank in the National University Entrance Exam, I was accepted to Sharif University of Technology, arguably the best technical university in Iran.
Undergraduate Years (2010-2014)
During undergraduate years, I excelled in all my mathematics courses. They were enjoyable for me and made me more interested in Probability and Statistics and Linear Algebra. I also enjoyed courses related to Theoretical Computer Science, namely Discrete Structures, Data Structures, and Design of Algorithms, all of which...