Hi everyone! What a time last couple of weeks have been. I could not have asked them to go by any better.
Starting off with DefHacks which turned out to be a great event. It was completely different, being part of the organizing team and being up to the entire duration of the event, not to code but to help the people who code. I got to learn a ton of things from all the different creative minds who attended the event and I, in turn, gave advice to many of them and tried to help them when I was able to. One thing that I did not expect was the mentor turnout. I had expected there to be around 60% attendance among the registered attendees, but I expected all the mentors who signed up, to be present at the event. Contrary to my expectation, their turnout percentage was even less than the attendees’. This is something I would keep in mind while organizing future events. One thing that did please me was getting acknowledged by the mentors that did attend the event about the arrangement and the organization of the entire event.
Moving on, I am excited to share that this summer I will be interning at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. I never expected it to come true but when I finally did, the happiness I felt was inexplicable. My advice for anyone out there hunting for a job or internship would be to never give up. I know it gets tough and I pretty sure my rejection count for this summer would be near 200 but never let those rejection emails or no-replies bog you down. At every step you don’t fall, you move ahead of the many who do.
A new quarter has kicked off at the UW and all the four classes I am enrolled in are very interesting. I know this will be my most challenging quarter yet, but I look forward to tacking the problems, one at a time. In the process of taking this busy course load, I did have to give up the opportunity to intern at King County’s office, but I did not want to do the internship without being able to devote the time it required. I look forward to learning a lot throughout the quarter and then over the summer. Also, I am excited about going back to India after wrapping all the things up and spending time with my parents.
Here is a link to DefHacks Seattle Album.
A few suggested reads: Motivating financial chart, Lithuanians and Bees, Blind artist's perception of Color, Some thoughts by Nietzsche, and A Story of Stoics.
Hello everyone, this past week I concluded another quarter at the UW and till now, maybe the most engaging one. I am grateful for getting accepted to the prestigious CSE major at the UW, taking interesting classes, going to networking events, and learning new things at every opportunity.
I now look forward to the opportunities that the upcoming spring break brings along with itself. I am on the organizing team of DefHacks and we are organizing second annual DefHacks, this time at Microsoft’s HQ and expect over 150 attendees. It has been a rewarding experience, being part of the organizing team, working to get the venue, mentors, students, and food among many other things. I hope for an exciting weekend of knowledge sharing and networking on March 24-25. Apart from that, I really look forward to my first ML class this upcoming quarter along with a Data Analysis class and a Database Management class. I hope that these three will provide me with a lot of depth in the field I am passionate about and something I can build upon during the summer break.
I am excited to have got an interview call-up from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and I look forward to sharing my thoughts and hopefully getting the opportunity to work with brilliant minds in academia. The prospect that drew me greatly to this opportunity was the freedom and breadth of positions that interns were allowed to choose from, something that showcases the amount of attention given to interns and the projects they work on.
Hoping for a sunny week so I can explore Seattle more than I have yet. Capping off, here are a few recommended reads: Canadian doctors demand lower salaries, teaching philosophy to prisoners, Sony photography awards 2018, Discoveries that made Stephen Hawking famous, and Syrian war in pictures.
A great couple of weeks just passed by and here is my experience and what I gained from it.
I never really understood the real meaning of networking before the past couple of weeks but now, I have a better clue about what it is and how one approaches it. I was fortunate enough to attend two great networking events that took place last weekend and the amount of knowledge I took from each one, was massive. Not only was I able to listen to two CEOs from Forbes 30 under 30 but I also had a great conversation with Mr. Shawn Sullivan, co-founder, and CTO of Phase Genomics, for more than 30 minutes. The phrase sounds cliched now but truly, the experience is the greatest teacher and hearing from the experience of some great professionals is a great lead for every student about how to approach college. What I took away from my conversation with Mr. Sullivan was how should I have strong fundamentals if I want to be involved in Data Science and what all technologies from the wide array I can choose to start off with. Also, I learned about all the different ways to approach problems when you are the one managing a group of great technical experts in a constructive manner.
Another major task I have been involved with lately has been organizing Defhacks, Seattle. Defhacks is a student-run non-profit that organizes hackathons across the US and also outside the US. On March 24-25, we are organizing the second annual Defhacks Seattle at Microsoft’s HQ. It has been a great experience till now of getting the venue, attendees, mentors, sponsors, and caterers. I look forward to getting more people involved with the event, at both high school and college level in addition to getting more passionate mentors who are looking out to help the students. This event too has taught me how important it is to have a good network, something that I able to achieve too through this event. The only part that I feel sad about is that a couple of days back I got an idea related to Blockchain that I would have loved to work on at Defhacks but being an organizer I would not have that opportunity. Anyways, I look forward to working on the same during the spring break and get to know more about a topic that has been envisioned to revolutionize numerous fields.
To wrap it up, here are the few reads I recommend: Michelle Obama portrait puts black Baltimore artist in the spotlight, A New Leg for Joan, This Route Doesn’t Exist on the Map, and These psychedelic stickers blow AI minds.
A happy long weekend to everyone! The past three weeks have been some of the toughest I have had in the time I can remember but I am happy that coming out of it, I have gained many things.
First and foremost, I have got admitted to Paul G Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering after months and months of hard work. I feel very happy and proud of this face and so do my parents, who have been a driving force for me. I eagerly look forward to the multitude of opportunities that I will encounter as a part of one of the best Computer Science programs in the World. More than the final result, it is the journey that pleases me more. Many times the mountain seemed too hard to climb but after having many slip-ups initially, I started focusing on each step and thinking how I can make each step stronger rather than getting overwhelmed by the bigger goal at the end. It is good that I have this long weekend to shrug off all the tiredness of the past few weeks and go in again for the long stretch that would finish mid-March.
In addition, the Amazon mentorship program that I have been a part of has been amazing. I have had the privilege of meeting several employees at Amazon through my mentor and each of whom has shared their stories and experiences. It is inspiring to listen to listen to their experiences and how they managed to get to where they are today. One advice that was given to me and that resonated a lot was that I should stay with Art and should never leave it; it is a part of my identity and I should learn to weave it with my education and career as and when I can.
I look forward to my first interaction with ML in a classroom setting during next quarter and also to a class based on Database Systems. Hope I can learn a lot from both of them and take them along with me to future endeavors. Something that I have learned from this experience of getting into CSE is that grit separates impossible things from those that we make possible. I hope to follow this in all the tasks I overtake.
(Suggested reads: Searching for an Alzheimer's cure while my father slips away and Google Arts and Culture App, and the Rise of Coded Gaze)