In my personal statement, I described my previous experience at an engineering program at UC Berkeley and how that developed my skills as a researcher. In the program I worked on creating an algorithm for a water filtration system (the program had to be modified due to COVID) and how I had to learn to anticipate failure and accept the fact that my project would not be entirely as I envisioned.
As for my subject interests, I used a basic formula of writing about my own personal experience in the field and how that experience has prepared me to be a scientist.
For computational media, I wrote about designing a video game for my introductory computer class (the project had to be pseudo-code since we didn’t have enough time to learn Python) and how much patience and satisfaction I got out of the project. Then I connected it back to a few of the specific projects (Game Making, Virtual Reality) and how I have the skills necessary to succeed in those projects. However, I also made sure my essay was direct to the point and I ended up not using the entire word limit.
If you have any more questions feel free to ask. Hopefully I will be able to see you at SIP!