Andrei Spatariu

Student in Athens, Georgia

Andrei Spatariu

Student in Athens, Georgia

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It only takes a fraction of a second to change the trajectory of a cross-court forehand to a down-the-line winner. It takes only minutes for a daunting three to one score to become a double-break.The amount of coordination it takes to hammer a forehand or backhand while paying attention to your opponent is monumental. Then, there is the added pressure from fans, friends, and family to achieve great results and to edge closer to being the greatest of all time. It seems impossible, right? Wrong. There is someone that manages to balance the necessary skill and strategy with class and elegance. Roger Federer, a tennis player from Switzerland, is the main reason behind my love towards tennis, and my inspiration towards building my character. His grace across the tennis court is spectacular to watch, and he has been at the top of the men’s game for over a decade. Even now, when he has had a drought of Grand Slam titles for the past three years, he still has the desire to play tennis. He does not allow losses to drag him down and diminish his love for the game. The dynamics of tennis draw him in. The love of fans propels him forward. That is the kind of person I aspire to be—someone who does computer science because of its charm, and someone who does computer science because of the contribution I can make. In essence, this is the person that I aspire to be—a person of perseverance. A person that perseveres through whatever form of challenge. A person that is ready for the next shot at raising everyone to their feet. As Roger Federer stated, “If you’re great at only one thing, make it everything.”