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Mark Zuckerberg and His Education

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When he was a child, Mark Zuckerberg was interested in computers and all things electronic. He grew up in the suburbs of New York and went to the elementary school in Dobbs Ferry. It was in his local neighborhood that he first became curious about the way computers work. He then decided to explore the device, and learned that he was ten years old and still not experienced enough to be a specialist.

Later, Mark’s father discovered his son’s passion, and hired a private tutor to give him computer lessons, aside from what he learnt at school. These lessons helped Mark understand the importance of an early learning, and made him realize school was not suffice to satisfy his ambitions. Besides, he was mature enough to make his own decisions in life and focus on the idea instead of profit. Discovery was always a motivation for a young specialist, and Zuckerberg was not an exception.

This initiative did not go to waste, and years later, when the future Facebook founder studied in high school, he developed Synapse, an intelligent media player that could track the person’s music tastes and sort them according to the user’s preference. Microsoft learned about the young inventor, and made an offer to cooperate, which Zuckerberg politely declined.

After finishing high school, Mark Zuckerberg went to the Academy of Phillips Exeter in New Hampshire. It was an exclusive establishment, preparing the brightest of students for a future of success. He became the captain of the fencing team and later earned a degree in classics and science, showing great interest in literature. Still, Mark’s enthrallment with coding prevailed, as he decided to develop computer software and dedicate his life to it.

Harvard times

In 2002, Mark Zuckerberg went to Harvard. He graduated from the Academy of Phillips Exeter and thought it was time for bigger accomplishments. For Harvard course, Mark chose a program that involved computer science and psychology. He was always enchanted by the way human psychic worked, and wanted to know more about computer systems and their history. Mark attended lectures on programming together with his friends and discussed the teaching methodic on campus, considering the university system of choosing a course to be incomplete.

When he was a sophomore, he invented a program, called CourseMatch. CourseMatch was customized to let students choose their own classes, based on personal preference, and it immediately gained popularity on campus. It helped students with their study plans and assisted them in finding like-minded learners to form communities with mutual interests.

He then came up with an idea of a social network that could allow people to connect with one another and would feature a profile pic and a brief information on the user. One night, Zuckerberg was sitting in his dormitory room and suffering from the lack of sleep due to the number of essay papers and assignments for his computer class. He did not want to proceed with the tasks, so he hacked Harvard database and created the early version of Facebook, called FaceMash.

The hack was discovered, and Mark faced a disciplinary punishment for his actions, which did not prevent him from creating Facebook and registering its domain name in 2004. He was obsessed with the concept of digital networks that would operate as social helpers and assist people with their communication. At first, Facebook operated within university walls and helped students find one another by uploading the pictures online. Later, it became more and more popular, so Mark Zuckerberg realized he had to extend the network.

Becoming a dropout

There were people who wanted to help Mark with the site, and he started gathering a team of coworkers, that were delegated individual tasks and exchanged ideas on a regular basis. Later, he informed his employees he was going to re-brand the site so that it would look more attractive to the users online, and everyone thought it was a good idea, so the improvement sessions continued. He then had to focus on the business side of the question as well, because Facebook grew up to be larger than planned.

Eventually, the number of people, who wanted to sign up on Facebook, became overwhelming, and Mark decided he needed more time to develop the site and the tools. He dropped out of college before his Junior year and stayed at his home in California to develop the features of a social network with friends and colleagues. Interestingly, he promised himself he would come back after the initial preparation was over. He did not make it to Harvard, however, becoming an official dropout, just like Mr. Gates. The university’s policies on returning to studies are quite lenient, though, so there is always a chance Zuckerberg comes back and continues his education, finally receiving the diploma in psychology and computer science.