“Hard work betrays none, but dreams betray many. working hard alone doesn’t assure you that you’ll achieve your dreams. actually there are more cases where you don’t. even so, working hard and achieving something is some consolation at least.”
I got this idea after proofreading my-story. A lot of stuff was cut for brevity (and I still think my-story is too long). Here are the extra tidbits that were cut that might still be interesting (in chronological order).
DECA and Model UN
DECA and Model UN are mentioned very briefly at the beginning. In all honesty, I lost interest in both early on. It wasn’t a knock on either activity but I did Model UN briefly in first year and DECA I never even did it at the post-secondary level. In some ways I found new activities I wanted to try in smash tournaments (which was not as highly regarded from my parents) and hackathons (which were at least travel opportunities).
Why I switched into CS in the first place
This was the first US hackathon I went to and arguably the grimiest. I didn’t even know it at the time. It was at the Masonic temple in Detroit (not Ann Arbor). The building was a huge venue and super run-down.
I stayed in the velocity residence (now named Minota Hagey residence) for multiple terms during undergrad. I think it was actually a good residence despite the high cost. Apparently Joma of JomaTech also stayed there but he must have been there before me, cause I never saw him.
When I was living in the velocity residence the first time in spring 2016 I actually didn’t know how to code.
Someone promoted a “learn python for interviews” session so I went to it. Around 20-30 people were in the velocity great hall and this dude was presenting his IDE on a screen up front. It was unbearably awkward and pretty bad overall. It was so small that you couldn’t see what he was typing even from close up.
spring 2016 awice at velocity story
3rd to 2nd place for storj prize
Meeting Vitalik Buterin, founder of Ethereum
PennApps XVII Bus Coordinator
I was bus coordinator for one hackathon (PennApps XVII) and I vowed to never do it again. It was a lot of responsibility
Why I did so poorly in CS 488
rival co-op program