Udacity Data Science Scholarship Program
Powered by Bertelsmann: my first step to Data Science.
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I knew Data Science thanks to Clubs of Science Bolivia this 2018, it is a long story, which I will tell later so that they understand where my emotion comes from to learn more and more about the Science of Data.
Currently, I am a Medical and English Language Student. I never thought I would be interested in Data Science but something great happened: Clubs of Science Bolivia left me with a rain of ideas and inspiration to look beyond what I was interested in those days — which were not many things, by the way haha. I went from reading only my career books, to getting interested in Astronomy, Modern Art and Music — of which I will write in the future here. I saved for a long time and thanks to them I dared to learn to play an instrument — although many say it is simple — the Ukulele is one of my favourites hobbies day by day. I went from staying in my comfort zone to my first trips alone to the city of La Paz to learn about Google and Artificial Intelligence. Amazing! Right? Maybe not for some people, but for me it means a gigantic own growth!
Here is a little story of how and why I became interested in Science to create solutions in my community:
In 2017, I did my first research work at the University without much knowledge about Statistics and Data visualization. My work focused on Research on “The level of Psychomotricity in blind children of the children’s home in the city of Oruro, Bolivia”. Sadly, not many know that place. Why did I focus on it? Well, it was for a thirteen-year-old girl friend of mine, which I met in 2016 and attended the school for blind children. But my work took a big turn, and I met the children who, in addition to being blind had autism and other deficiencies. They mattered to me from the first moment. I want to create, I want to increase the possibilities so that in the future they can take care of themselves thanks to technology. “I want to create something, but I’m just a medical student”, I thought. And there I became more interested in science, investigating how.
One day, the Udacity call came and I dared to take the risk. Although at that time I considered myself very bad for the numbers and I was scared, very much. But I think it is more valuable who risks despite their fears.
On the 2th of May the acceptance arrived, I was awarded the scholarship and … OMG, MY FIRST SCHOLARSHIP. Yay! I trembled with fear and happiness in that moment, hahaha.
Of so many people who applied worldwide, I became one of the 15,000 people who managed to be accepted. The most beautiful thing I ever read in an email was “We’ve received applications for many talented and motivated candidates, but yours truly stood out.” That was the Udacity e-mail. And I screamed and jumped for the great opportunity.
But to begin with… What is Udacity?
Udacity students are a community of global learners united in a shared goal of uplift and transformation. Our unique learning model enables an unprecedented degree of engagement with our students, and we are with them through every step of their learning journey from the first moment to a marketing team member. How to answer a question on Facebook, to the penultimate moment when a career team member receives word that a graduate has gotten a new job. Our mantra is Students First, and this is the light that guides us as we continue our mission to bring the highest quality learning possible, to as many students as we can possibly reach.
If you are still curious, you can enter the main page: udacity.
The Data Science Scholarship Challengue consists of three parts: Statistics, Python and SQL.
I am a beginner in all three parts, I saw some Statistics in my first year of university but not deeply.
And here is the methodology of this wonderful opportunity:
Is not it great?
Only 1500 places will be assigned to the following branches: Data Foundations, Business Analyst and Data Analyst.
From day one I was very excited about this, it is my first time studying online and most of all, my first time organizing my life for an opportunity like this.
I will give all of myself,
I will continue writing more about this experience in a few days.
With a lot of love
and good vibes,