Hi everyone! I hope your holidays was great and I am super excited to meet and work with all of you! 🙂 I am Julie Huang, a junior in CSOM concentrating in Finance and Computer Science with a French minor. I grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota and I’m very attached to my home state (like most Minnesotans). Although the winters are brutally cold and that there are only 2 seasons in MN (construction and winter), I love everything about it! I live on the lake so the beautiful, warm summers are always filled with water sports like jet skiing, tubing, and swimming as well as having a bunch of friends over for bonfires! However, I decided to leave MN and come to Boston because I wanted to experience what life’s like outside of the Midwest and check out bustling and competitive business scene in the East Coast. BC is perfect for it!
At BC, I’m a super active girl and like to be involved In the community here. I play the violin in the Boston College Symphony Orchestra and have been playing since I was little. Also I swing dance in BC FullSwing and I literally live and breathe Swing. I love teaching others how to swing, love performing, and love being flipped in aerials! Lastly, I’m the treasurer for BC’s Retro Gaming Club (basically Smash club) and I play Super Smash Bros Melee competitively. High-key, I’m a huge nerd when it comes to Melee and I can geek out about frame data and random technical stuff about that game. In my spare time, I like to workout lots (rock climbing and running), hangout with friends, laugh at memes, and eat food (I’m a huge foodie so if you have any great food/restaurant recommendations, please lmk!). Basically, I like to always keep myself busy, whether it’s something intellectual or physical.
Another big hobby of mine is travelling. Whenever I’m not in BC for school, I’m either in MN or somewhere across the world. As I write this, I’m currently in China visiting relatives and will be going to the Philippines for a few days to go sightseeing. On my shelf, I collect souvenirs from every country that I have visited and I’ve visited 23 different countries so far. I love travelling because I like to experience new and different cultures as well as meeting new people! It’s always eye opening to encounter new things, see various ways of life, and hear people’s stories/histories. Oh and food is a must when I go to any new country. Feel free to share any travel stories or recommendations if you have any!
Last summer, I lived in Paris, France for 2 months and did an internship at the amazing tech start-up talent.io. Talent.io is a head-hunting platform that helps link enterprises who are looking for tech hires and potential tech developers who are looking for jobs. Since technology is growing rapidly and exponentially, there are a lot of different fields and tech specializations. I was the finance intern who dealt with the clients’ unpaid invoices and also a full-stack developer intern. On the developer side, I helped code and create the company’s internal Event Dashboard website using Ruby On Rails, which shows a list of events going on for talent.io. Although it was tough to do everything all in French, I absolutely loved interning at talent.io and the “start-up tech” culture and environment there! The skills and relationships I built at my internship made me want to experience and see what other tech companies are like!
Expectations for TechTrek
I am very pumped to be a part of this year’s Tech Trek West! I’ve heard so many incredible things from past Tech Trek members and I want to experience those similar things! I can’t wait to meet many of the tech companies in Cali, whether it’s the big companies like Apple and Google, or the smaller tech start-up companies! I’ve been very interested and fascinated by technology such as sectors like AI, Fintech, and the emerging sharing economy that everyone uses nowadays. I want to see what these companies are like, how they operate, and what their culture is like. I’m eager to put in the effort to do research, come up with hard-hitting questions, and applying my knowledge to these companies. Not only that, but I also want this to be an eye-opening experience in which I learn something new about tech that I’ve never been exposed to before. It could be learning about a new field of tech, applying a tech concept into something I would have never imagined could be possible, or anything that will blow my mind. Lastly, the best part of Tech Trek is that I get to share this experience with my other classmates in this class so I can’t wait to work with you all!
P.S. Since many people are sharing a picture of their pets, here’s a picture of my cat Cheeto and my favorite classic meme