I decided to answer some questions as a sort of get to know me post.
If you have any additional questions, leave them in the comments for me to answer!
Q: If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
A: In my senior year high school, I was reading a few books a month. I was also writing
a lot for my own enjoyment. I'd like to do that more.
Q: What’s your favorite piece of clothing you own / owned?
A: I can't really pick just one. I have three items, each obtained a different way.
Adidas Gonz Shoes (purchased): pink leather skate shoes, they have poems by the designer scattered on the shoe, haven't seen anything else like them
Vintage Wrangler Jean Jacket (thrifted): wool collar and lined, never went out of style in my opinion
1989 Baltimore Orioles Baseball Hat (handed down): My dad gave me this hat when I left to Baltimore for college, immense sentimental value
Q: What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?
A: I'd probably just sit out on a small boat on the Pacific Ocean and just write stories, poems, ect.
Q: What would your perfect room look like?
A: My room was always really cluttered growing up.
I suppose I could have kep it more organized, but I feel like the
easiest fix would be to have less stuff. That's why I plan on having
a really minimalistic room/home. My room would have a small desk
with my laptop and some supplies. My bed would be simple, with a small,
simple bedset with a blanket at the foot. It'd have a lot of natural light,
maybe a small book case built into the wall, and a small nightstand.
Q: How often do you play sports?
A: I played multiple varsity sports throughout
high school but that went down to intramurals in college.
Every month or so, I play a pick up basketball game with my
friends too. (I would definitely play more, if I had the time.)
Q: What fictional place would you most like to go?
Q: What job would you be terrible at?
A: Anything menial or anything without a dynamic workplace.
I can't really think of a specific job. I just know I wouldn't be able to
enjoy myself, if everyday was exactly the same.
Q: When was the last time you climbed a tree?
A: Probably sophomore year of high school, when I was hanging out
my good buddy Darrell.
Q: If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?
A: Maybe public speaking. I've always felt that I had a
natural talent for it.
Q: What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
A: Complacency. I went to a high school with a lot of
unmotivated people and sometimes it got on my nerves.
Q: What job do you think you’d be really good at?
A: I think I'd be a great Project Manager. I really like the
entrepreneurial spirit of the workplace. I have experience all up and down
the stack, and I also have leadership experience with CS related
activities/clubs/projects. Testing the code and seeing something really tangible
after a few weeks is the most satisfying feeling I've ever had (I realized
this during my work with synoPTsis.)
Q: What skill would you like to master?
A: I'd like to play an instrument really well. Sometimes
I wish I was brought up taking lessons, instead of self-teaching.
Q: What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
A: Maybe to visit every country in the world one year,
or maybe go train hopping and just see where I end up. One of my old
football coaches used to just drive in random directions every summer.
I guess he got as far as the East Coast all the way from California a
few times. Doing that might be fun too.
Q: If you had unlimited funds to build a house that you would live in for the rest of your life, what would the finished house be like?
A: I'm just gonna make a list — it's easier.
Two Story Library/Reading Room
Media Room (like a home theater)
Master Bedroom and Bathroom (obviously)
Living room with lots of seating, large TV and sound system, and a grand piano
Art Room (with painting supplies et cetera, because it's relaxing)
Arcade (with those vintage stand up arcade games)
A couple guest rooms and bathrooms
Big Kitchen with a Bar
Outdoor BBQ, pool, jacuzzi
Tennis Court, Basketball Court, and Turf Field
Four Car Garage
Q: What’s your favorite drink?
A: Iced Green Tea, unsweetened.
Q: What state or country do you never want to go back to?
A: I remember traveling through Ohio when I was about
12. Every place we stopped was pretty dirty and unkept. A lot of people
seemed pretty irritable too.
Q: What songs have you completely memorized?
Frank Sinatra – My Way
Somebody to Love – Queen
(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano — Sampha
Q: What game or movie universe would you most like to live in?
A: Probably Star Wars. It's so big that you'd probably
get a taste of everything.
Q: What do you consider to be your best find?
A: I found a $100 Coach baseball hat on sale for $25.
I'm sure there's something better, but that's all that comes to mind.
Q: Are you usually early or late?
A: On time.
Q: What pets did you have while you were growing up?
A: When I was little, my family had a cat (Paris), a dog (Mookie),
and two gold fish (Big Bird and Elmo). In ninth grade, they let my brother and I pick out animals,
so now we have my dog Oliver and my brother's cat Napoleon.
Q: When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?
A: It's usually help with some computer science or math related thing.
Sometimes it's just general life advice too.
Q: What takes up too much of your time?
A: CS problem sets take up a lot of time, but I can't really complain about
learning. I guess sometimes I stress about really pointless things, like if
I left the water on or if I didn't lock my car — things I'm sure I did, but for some
reason stress over. I've gotten better about it though.
Q: What do you wish you knew more about?
A: I wish I knew more about the different cultures of the
world. I haven't really had the opportunity to travel outsude of the U.S.
just yet, so I'm sure that's the root of the issue. I've learned a lot
from my diverse group of friends and colleagues on campus.
Q: What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
A: Did we end up colonizing Mars?
Q: What are some small things that make your day better?
A: Freshman year, it was always nice to get to use the larger shower
in our dorm (the bathrooms were communal). Getting out of Social Psychology early ws also nice
(we often did). Seeing my friend Zach on the way to my CS research seminar (this was
a more rare occasion).
Q: Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
A: Probably Kyle, but I can usually find something. I listen
to a lot of different music.
Q: What’s the best way to start the day?
A: With a cold shower and a caffeinated drink (either tea or coffee).
Q: What shows are you into?
Game of Thrones
Parks and Rec
Q:What TV channel doesn’t exist but really should?
A: Maybe a computer science channel. There should at
least be a show with a sort of "Bob Ross" of programming.
Q: Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
A: I'm gonna keep this limited to people I know personally. It's probably
my grandpa. My mom's father worked realy hard and came to this country as an immigrant,
He worked for a trucking company for a little bit, then started managing properties.
He even owned 10+ properties at one time and paid for a few houses in cash. My dad's
father was in the air force. He was really high up and was involved in a bunch of
secret projects. He was also a member of the free masons, which is extra secretive.
Q: What age do you wish you could permanently be?
Q: What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch?
A: There's a TV show called "Two Broke Girls". I made
the mistake of leaving it on one night when I went to bed. The jokes were too
terrible to ignore — one of the worst shows I have ever seen.
Q: What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend?
A: Relaxing at the beach, or exploring a new city.
Q: What is something that is considered a luxury, but you don’t think you could live without?
A: By global standards, my laptop. Being a CS student in college... it's just a must have thing.
Q: What’s your claim to fame?
A: Some computer science related product, probably an app!
Maybe I'll write a good book one day too!
Q: What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?
A: I prefer to use a razor and shaving cream to shave over
Q: What’s your favorite genre of book or movie?
Q: How often do you people watch?
A: Not very often — once or twice a month when I'm out,
but I don't go out of my way to do so.
Q: What have you only recently formed an opinion about?
A: Baltimore. I had bad impressions just based on the news and media,
but it's not all that bad. You just have to adjust a little.
Q: What’s the best single day on the calendar?
A: I want to say May 25th. It's the day I graduated
high school. It was basically the transition from kid to adult in
Q: What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of?
A: p5.js! I'm sure a lot of people have heard of it, but I
still consider it to be lesser known.
Q: How do you relax after a hard day of work?
A: With a book and an episode of "The Office".
Q: What was the best book or series that you’ve ever read?
A: Lord of the Rings. It's the only series I've read,
because I have a hard time getting interested in them.
Q: What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
A: New York City (2500+ miles)
Q: What is the most annoying question that people ask you?
A: Where/What is John(s) Hopkins? I don't really care that much.
It's mostly when they think it's some random company and not a university.
Q: What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
A: The Godfather Movies.
Q: If you were dictator of a small island nation, what crazy dictator stuff would you do?
A: Play island wide hide and seek/tag.
Q: What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
A: Sea an ocean.
Q: Would you rather go hang gliding or whitewater rafting?
A: Hang gliding.
Q: What’s your dream car?
A: Aston Martin DB9 or a Bentley Continental GT — so classy.
Q: What’s worth spending more on to get the best?
Q: What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?
Q: What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?
A: Graduating, maybe getting my master's, getting a full time job.
Q: Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
A: New York City. I didn't travel too much until I
got to college, so hopefully my answer to this question will change.
Q: What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it?
A: Cooking something out of a book.
Q: What’s the best thing that happened to you last week (mid-July)?
A: I got a position as a web developer for a non-profit called the Coding School.
Q: What piece of entertainment do you wish you could erase from your mind so that you could experience for the first time again?
A: Harry Potter. I feel like I watched them so far apart it felt disconnected.
Q: If all jobs had the same pay and hours, what job would you like to have?
A: I think I'd still want to be in Computer Science. I don't know exactly what job,
but something with product development/management seems likely. I'm not in this for the money;
I'm in it for the satisfaction.
Q: What amazing thing did you do that no one was around to see?
A: I figured out that I got accepted to Hopkins with my friend Darrell.
I wasn't alone, but I wish my parents and brother were there.
Q: How different was your life one year ago?
A: Very. I was getting ready to move into college, I was still
going in with a pre-med track, I only knew java, and so much more. I have learned more
in this last year than I have in all of high school.
Q: What quirks do you have?
A: I use California slang. (It's not as stereotypical as
you think.) Sometimes I speak in "memes" with my friends.
Q: What would you rate 10 / 10?
A: Vietnamese Coffee. 12/10.
Q: What fad or trend do you hope comes back?
A: Fluorescent clothing from the 80s. I think it'd
hilarious to see everyone walking around looking like they're in
an 80s teen movie. Plus I have a decent amount of that stlye of clothing,
because I go thrifting every so often.
Q: What’s the most interesting piece of art you’ve seen?
A: There is No Finished World by André Masson.
I saw it at the Baltimore Museum of Art during my first year of college.
Do look it up. It's one of the only times something has been truly indescribable to me.
Q: What kind of art do you enjoy most?
A: I really enjoy renaissance art. It focused on skill and technique rather
than a lot of newer art that relies on things like symbolism and vague interpretation.
Q: What do you hope never changes?
A: My love for learning.
Q: What city would you most like to live in?
A: I've always wanted to live in Seattle. It's a
good balance of urban living with wilderness, lakes, and an ocean
not too far away.
Q: What movie title best describes your life?
Q: Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now?
A: Growing up, I was interested in all fields of science. I could
never pick just one. The more research I did, I found that computer science played
a key role in every field, even beyond scientific ones. I started programming over
summers and I never looked back.
Q: What’s the best way a person can spend their time?
Q: If you suddenly became a master at woodworking, what would you make?
A: One of those big cliche wooden bears that are in almost
every touristy place in the American Southwest.
Q: Where is the most relaxing place you’ve ever been?
A: Probably a San Diego beach on an overcast day. It makes for the
world's best naps.
Q: What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
A: I'll asnwer this one with a quote by Richard Dawkins –
“We are going to die,
and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going
to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never
see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include
greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible
people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these
stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.We privileged few, who won the
lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state
from which the vast majority have never stirred?”
Q: Where would you rather be from?
A: Still California, but near the beach. Everyone
always assumes I'm from near the beach, and it's hard to explain that
I'm from the California Desert.
Q: What's something you’ve had to unlearn?
A: Sleeping in late.
Q: What are you looking forward to in the coming months?
A: I'm going on a trip to Canada in late August (Toronto and Montreal).
Q: What website do you visit most often?
A: Probably my own, because I'm always updating it!
Q: What one thing do you really want but can’t afford?
A: The aforementioned "Dream Car".
Q: Where do you usually go when you when you have time off?
A: I try to go to my gym in my free time. It's really easy to get
out of shape at college, because you're always eating quick and easy food.
Q: Where would you spend all your time if you could?
A: Somewhere in nature, nothing too specific.
Q: What is special about the place you grew up?
A: Its the ninth most dangerous city in California!
Q: What age do you want to live to?
Q: What are you absolutely determined to do?
A: Make someone's life better!
Q: What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
A: I know how to program; I think that's impressive.
Q: What question would you most like to know the answer to?
A: Did I make any life altering mistakes along the way?
If you made it here, thanks for reading them all. (I don't know why you did)