Greetings from Australia where the clock has just struck midnight on the new year as I write this! It is a perfect time to reflect and think about all the exciting things for the upcoming year. I certainly hope that TechTrek can be one of the memorable times of 2019 for all of us.
A little about myself. I grew up in Massachusetts in a small town called Boxborough. To get an idea of who I am, if I had to limit myself to doing only three things, they’d be watching shows, listening to music on spotify, and eating ice cream. Sadly, there have been many days where that is indeed all I’ve done. Thankfully, I have the privilege of being a junior in CSOM studying Finance, Accounting for Finance, and majoring in Computer Science to prevent me from falling into that destitute lifestyle. My whole family works in science and tech so naturally I found my way to taking an interest in tech. Despite this interest, I unfortunately am still not fully decided on what I’m going to do and thus, whatever potential ambition I have sadly can’t focus in one direction. In the meantime, I’ll just convince myself that I’ll figure it out. I’m sure that’ll work.
To make things quick, here’s a quick run down on some things that I like: traveling (hence why I’m in Australia), alone time, mountains, boats, food (cooking and eating), entertainment, sports, video games, good noise cancelling headphones, chocolate, 70 degree weather with slight clouds and a nice breeze, good quality water (sorta odd I know), perfectly ripe grapes, nutella, bagel bites, hot takes (or lukewarm takes whatever works), and sticking with the status quo just to name a few.
Some things I definitely hate: crowds, too much commotion and noise, temperatures above 83 degrees (I can do 85 max if there’s a breeze), temperatures below 35, pineapple on pizza (if it’s not illegal it is definitely still criminal), calling places to schedule appointments, walking and crossing paths with someone I technically know but not really and they definitely saw me and bleh (I just pretend to look at my phone or go in the opposite direction), and wobbly tables.
Things I wish I liked: Apple pie (embarrassing I know), meeting new people, getting out of bed, going to bed, walking mindlessly, watermelon (I’ve only heard great things about it), and most other things that I don’t like to be honest.
I currently live at 2150 and do work on a VR project here called Joycestick which we are showcasing at the Smithsonian in April (hope we don’t botch it). Other than that, I don’t really do many school clubs or activities. Oh and here’s me by the way.
So that’s just a little about me. I have really high hopes coming into this course. I discovered this course on my own late during my sophomore year but wasn’t really serious about it until some time first semester. I mostly read about it and saw very good things and made me explore the course more. I came to realize just how much this course fit my academic and career interests. While I currently study both finance and computer science, I haven’t as much learned how they can be pieced together and I think this course can help me get a grasp of how that happens from startups to fortune 500 companies. I’ve already started to learn so much just from the book I’ve been reading over break and to have the opportunity to visit these companies to ask executives the questions I have is a luxury I don’t plan to take for granted. Given what I’ve read, I’m interested in seeing how companies and executives deal with problems that they may have not seen before, and how each company differs in their workplace structure. I’m also interested in how companies make product decisions and how they react when things go haywire. There’s so much to ask and learn so I’ll leave that to when class begins.
Here’s a solid PG meme.
Wow, riveting stuff. Well, I’m always game for new show recommendations and I hope you all have a wonderful break. My twitter is @rickyyang987. Here’s to a great semester!