North Carolina School of Science and Math
I discovered my interest at a pretty early age. I loved to break, adapt, and build things. It started in elementary school when I was first introduced to scratch, a block-based programming suite. I remember being so captivated that I built some of my elementary school projects with it!
Interestingly, my favorite class so far is a humanities class! I’m actually taking it right now; it’s called Ethics of Artificial Intelligence. We’re taking a deep dive into the ethical dilemmas facing policymakers today with regards to the development of artificial intelligence.
I’m mostly into mystery and action shows. My all time favorites are White Collar and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
I’m not currently binging anything, but I just finished watching The Umbrella Academy. I’m hoping another season will be released soon!
Yes! I’m finishing up Range by David Epstein. It’s a fantastic read that I’d highly recommend. It argues that, in most domains, intellectual breadth is crucial to excelling. It directly challenges the popular 10,000-hour rule, which has made it so exciting to read.
There’s so much to unpack here! But, if I had to pick one reason, it would be that it teaches effective problem solving. It teaches you how to approach complex, multifaceted, and often ambiguous problems. It also provides you with a toolkit of fundamentals to draw from when solving such problems.
Definitely the residential experience! Although I didn’t get the full experience due to the pandemic, the time I have spent on-campus has been phenomenal. There’s something powerful about living with a group of unique, driven students. The initiatives, research, and ideas that are continuously spawned around me are truly inspirational, and have been instrumental to my own endeavors.
I’m planning to major in computer science with a focus on artificial intelligence and robotics. After graduating, I hope to pursue a master’s degree in robotics and autonomous systems. I hope to work for companies on the cutting edge of self-driving technology like Cruise and Waymo, and perhaps start my own company in the future. I also hope to be an advocate for ethical, regulated automation.
If I had to pick, it would be organizing my school’s first fully-virtual hackathon! We had over seventy students from all over the state join us for two days of talks, workshops, and coding for social good. It was our largest hackathon to date, and I learned so much from organizing it.