Hi everybody and happy holidays! My name is Maksim (Max) Khegay and I am incredibly excited to be a part of this class! Opportunities like this reassure my belief that Boston College is a wonderful institution and I could not have made a better choice.
In our initial meeting, I mentioned that I was born in Uzbekistan and moved to New Jersey at the age of four. I am part of a group of ethnic Koreans who live in former Soviet Union countries, which means that I am fluent in Russian (although it is has been deteriorating throughout the years). My grandparents were forced out west during Stalin’s regime and this had created a significant blending of cultures in my family, as we are ethnic Koreans speaking Russian and living in a predominantly Muslim country. Since I have lived in the states most of my life, I identify heavily with my American self, but I have very strong ties to my roots as well.
Currently, I live in Marlboro, New Jersey, which is a typical town in central Jersey. I am a sophomore studying Finance and Computer Science, although finance may be subject to change. Some of my favorite experiences at BC have come through my involvements outside of class. This semester, I have been a marketing intern for BC Athletics, focusing on enhancing the student experience at games, and I have also written articles for The Gavel under the sports section. As you can tell, I am a pretty avid sports fan and the New York Rangers hold a special place in my heart. Next semester, I will be the TA for Professor Conway’s Business Law class and I will begin my weekly service at the Suffolk County House of Corrections for 4Boston.
My main interest outside of sports is music, specifically hip-hop. I love the energy and versatility of rap music so much that I was driven to learn how to produce my own tracks/beats. Watching the meteoric rise of many formerly unknown artists and producers on the Soundcloud platform inspired me because I realized how disruptive it was. These artists have shown their entrepreneurial spirit in the music industry and have been able to make a career out of their passion without relying on a record deal.
I believe everybody has a unique story and I am more than excited to hear and read about my peers and professors. However, what brings us all together is our shared interest in technology. I am very interested in how technology is able to drastically affect human behavior. I think it is incredible how I can talk to loved ones on FaceTime, get the most updated news on Facebook, call an Uber, or even rent an Airbnb all with my phone and an internet connection. In a country such as Uzbekistan, where technology is heavily regulated and outdated, these privileges are not as readily accessible. I love that technology has been able to make my quality of life much greater, but I also have to remember to appreciate these privileges that my extended family does not have.
I learned about this class from a friend who was in the process of taking it. He encouraged me to attend the local TechTreks in Boston and visiting those companies helped develop my interest in tech even more. It was very inspiring to see the culture of firms, such as EverTrue and CloudHealth, where the executives are so approachable and open to new ideas. I would love to be part of such a team-based work environment in the future and I hope to learn about how each company’s workplace culture affected their expansion.
During this class, I hope to learn about the paths that all of these major technology companies took to achieve their current status today. After learning about their development throughout the years, it will be incredible to witness these companies in person and learn about the constant effect they have on the consumers. This is why I am incredibly interested in visiting Sequoia. I want to learn how this venture capital firm was able to see the future impact that these major technology firms would have so far in advance. I want to know what drove them to invest in these companies so early on.
Overall, I am very happy to have a class that I am definitely looking forward to next semester. I expect this class to teach me a lot more about a very relevant topic and then apply that knowledge in actual fieldwork. This class will be invaluable to my education at BC and my career in the future.