Introduction: Clare Zhou

Hello! I hope you’re all resting up and enjoying the holiday season. I’m really enjoying reading these intros and am super excited to get to know you better throughout the semester.

My name is Clare, and I’m a sophomore in CSOM studying finance and business analytics (unofficially). I’m originally from Montréal, but I moved to the States at the age of five and grew up in suburban MA. I moved to Boston just before high school and lived in Brighton for one year before moving (again) to Jamaica Plain, where I currently live. With Jamaica Pond on one side and Centre Street on the other, I get the perfect mix of delicious food, eclectic vibes, and scenic runs. (:

As I mentioned in our first meeting, I studied in Cape Town, South Africa for two months this past summer. There I took two courses in front-end web development and UX design, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed. I must admit, however, that the highlight of my time abroad consisted of exploring the natural beauty and hidden gems of Cape Town. Some of the most life-changing experiences I encountered on my trip occurred on sunrise hikes up Lion’s Head and Table Mountain, during visits to the stripped down villages of suburban South Africa, and in assisting disabled kids in surfing. I met some amazing people who have altered my perspective on the world and helped me to see that the possibilities in life truly are endless. Honestly, traveling to South Africa was the most rewarding adventure I’ve ever had.

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Iceland––we found a lot of horses roaming in the fields!

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Cape Town, SA––standing atop Lion’s Head at sunrise

In my spare time, I love reading books. I often find that I draw my creativity and inspiration from the books I read, whether they’re novels or non-fiction books. I love classic literature, but I’m also open to reading just about anything––sometimes I choose the books I read by walking into my local library and picking up the first book I see that the librarians have set standing up on a shelf. Here are some of my most cherished books/plays:

  • A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  • Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
  • When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
  • The Prince of Tides, Pat Conroy
  • Our Town, Thornton Wilder
  • Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller
  • Into the Gray Zone, Adrian Owen

Aside from reading, I enjoy doing outdoorsy things like hiking, climbing trees, or going on (slow) runs. I am also a huge theatre enthusiast. I love watching Broadway shows––my favorite one being The Phantom of the Opera. (Fun fact: I took Acting I this past semester with Luke and really really loved it––would definitely recommend!) I acted in my first play at BC fall of my freshman year, and will also be in the Vagina Monologues this spring.

I first heard about TechTrek West when I visited BC and sat in on a brief talk by Professor Gallaugher. I remember how enthusiastically he spoke about this course and the trip to Silicon Valley. Before that, I wasn’t aware that courses like TechTrek existed in college––it seemed so unconventional. In a way, hearing Professor Gallaugher talk about TechTrek West was what sparked my initial interest in learning about technology and startups in college. Through this course, I hope to learn more than I ever could imagine learning in a short amount of time. There are so many startups and tech companies that I don’t know anything about. Without the guidance of this course, I would feel intimidated to try and learn about all of them on my own. Furthermore, there is a kind of knowledge that you can only gain through experiencing, which is the invaluable gift that TechTrek offers. I hope that TechTrek will be an experience that inspires me and provides me with more direction toward what I want to pursue.

(Also, here is a meme I hope you enjoy.)

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3 thoughts on “Introduction: Clare Zhou

  1. Wow, your experience in South Africa sounds phenomenal, Clare! Was that through BC? It sounds like a great program. I’m also a big fan of theatre—despite not being able to sing or dance, I am always the one attending the shows. I’ll definitely go see you in Vagina Monologues! And I agree that this course will be a great way to learn how to navigate Silicon Valley culture. When applying to internships, it was really difficult to know where to begin, so I expect this class will help. Can’t wait!

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    • Hey Katie! It actually wasn’t through BC. The program is called iXperience and was recommended to me by a friend. Here’s a link to their page if you want to check it out: iXperience

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