My fascination in Data Science is derived from, when I see product recommendations inshopping websites, customized advertisement in social media, accurate TV shows and movierecommendation in streaming websites. I am astonished by the huge amount of data and whatthe algorithms could achieve in helping individuals or organizations to make better decisionsand elevating the existing processes. Apart from these data science has been extensively usedin sports, healthcare, elections, marketing etc. The use of data science is destined to becomeeven more extensive, wide ranging and far reaching. I feel enthusiastic and excited about theuse of computer science and statistics to predict and arrive at better decisions and its impact onsociety. I want to contribute to this evolution and have an influence, thus I would like to pursuea Master degree in Data Science.My father’s office had a computer and I used to go there to mostly play games. During my highschool years, my dad suggested me to learn something instead of playing games. I started withHTML and thus my journey in Computer Science began. The logic and creativity required tobe a good programmer intrigued me, and I discovered I had a passion for it. I secured a meritseat in Sir M Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology majoring in Computer Science and it has brought me to where I am today. During my undergraduate studies Iexplored many fascinating subjects, especially programming in C & C++, Data Structures,Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Graph Theory, Database Management Systems. I masteredC and SQL, along with my other undergraduate courses. As Graph Theory was one of thesubjects that intrigued me, I tried creating a social network graph of students in my college todetect clusters. Even though it did not produce desired results I learnt a lot from the project andwas appreciated for my efforts by my professor.During my third year at college I had the chance to build an interactive database system for thecollege medical centre. The college organizes an annual blood drive. With the help andguidance of the faculty members of the Computer Science department, we built an interactivedatabase whose function was to keep track of valid donors among thousands of students andorganize the donor data based on availability and proximity of the donor. It was possible tokeep track of potential donors and contact them through an SMS system, without beinginvasive. This experience provided an insight into how working with data in an effectivemanner is necessary to gain the right answers to solve different problems.My first major project was done in the final semester of undergraduate study. We were a teamof three and our project was “Libra – Lightweight data skew mitigation in MapReduce”. Theproject was based on a research paper which suggested an efficient and lightweight algorithmto prevent data skew in distributed computing models like MapReduce by sampling 20% ofdataset to determine the type and skewness of the data. The algorithm has negligible overheadand can speed up the execution of some popular applications by up to a factor of 4.1. Weimplemented the algorithm using Java, Hadoop-MapReduce.