Hi there! I am back after a very long quarter for not a conventional update blog post. I will be sharing details about what I have been up to for the past three months, but this post is about something more than just these past three months.
This past year has been a memorable. Perhaps the defining year of my life till now and it was not just due to the success I had professionally but also because of factors in my personal life. I started off the year with a huge smile, happy about the over 2-year long relationship I had been in of which over 1 year was long distance. End of January, things took a bad turn and I felt broken. Throughout February, things never appeared to get better and perhaps I even cried myself to sleep all the nights during that period, but I did take a wise decision. What possibly is most un-Indian thing I could have done (because of the stereotypical definition of ‘man’ people bind to), I decided to go to my college counsellor and pour it all out in front of her. I didn’t know what to expect but it did make a huge difference along with some subsequent appointments.
There are many things that came out of that experience and I am not here today to tell you the details of each day during that period or how it all happened but of the things that followed. Going into that period, I did not have the major of my choice, an on-campus job, or a summer internship. By the time I came out of it, I had achieved all three of them. I was happy that I had not let the most challenging experience affect my academics or my professional plans.
Today, as I am writing down this post, I can say that I had the best experience of my life this past summer at Library Innovation Lab at Harvard and this past quarter, the two graduate level classes I took, Machine Learning and Deep Learning did not disappoint. I am happy to share that this coming spring I will be going back to Harvard to work on an Art and Deep Learning project and interning at a big tech company upcoming summer in addition to starting out Deep Learning research from next quarter onwards.
I never felt too elated by the good results I achieved before this year and the same was true when I got into my major or the job/internship opportunities for this past summer but it is only now that I realize and start to feel proud of myself for the first time of what I have been able to achieve. I want to conclude my story by telling everyone that yes, things do get hard and giving up seems the easiest option but persisting and getting to the things at the end of it have made me the person that I am today.
Thank you for reading this post. Hope you have a great holiday season!
P.S. – I spared all the technical stuff I did this quarter, but it will up in ‘About’ section soon.
Hi everyone! I am back again to give you updates about past month.
My time in India after returning from Harvard was great. I was finally able to spend a ton of time with my parents and drown in unhealthy (and calorific) Indian food after a long time. Since I live in Agra now, I made a trip to the Taj Mahal, which I feel is overhyped compared to so many other monuments and locations that India has to offer.
Now I am back at the University of Washington to start my third year. It is surprising how fast the past two years have passed by and how important they have been in my development as an individual - academically and personally. This quarter, I look forward to taking Advanced Machine Learning and Deep Learning in addition to Data Structures. I am excited that the former two classes are project-based, which means this quarter I would be doing research work on two topics that have fascinated me for many months now.
My heavy schedule might have me not being able to remain active much over the website but I invite anyone who has any questions/comments to reach out to me from the About Me page on the website.
I also started being active again on Twitter again @Satvik_Sh. I will try my best to let everyone know of the projects I work on over the upcoming months.
This has been the best summer yet. Not only because of the experience and memories but also because of the amount I got to learn over the past eight weeks.
First off, the project has been a success. I got above what I aimed for at the start of the internship. This past Thursday, I presented my project to a crowd of around 70 people at Harvard Law. People loved the fusion of art history and technology and I received really good feedback on it. There are two aspects of the project that make me happy. One being that not only I was able to make a terminal-based version of my project but also host the entire thing online using Amazon Elastic Beanstalk. Second aspect relates much more to the art side, I was able to make predictions about any input image and render which lesser-known artist might have painted that. In this manner, it serves as an art exploratory tool for not only myself, but for every art enthusiast out there. Here is my project, curate: http://curate-env.pwfuqy2wzu.us-west-2.elasticbeanstalk.com/. As I have had some issues with AWS when updating my application, I get new URL every time I update my application. This get out-dated sometime soon if I update my application but the latest link will always be available from ‘About’ page of the website. The slides I used for the presentation are hosted here: bit.ly/curate-slides
Apart from the amazing internship project, I had a great experience because of my two fellow interns: Michelle and Julian (and they too made some really good projects). I also had a great weekend trip to NYC, where I went to MoMA and Guggenheim, the latter turned out to be the best art museum visit I have ever made. Capping off things I learned this summer, I was able to learn to restart my reading habit and complete The President is Missing, Another Country (Baldwin), Man’s Search for Meaning, and When Breath Becomes Air. I plan to finish The Glass Castle and We Should All be Feminists before the end of my internship. I also made my initial steps into world of cooking and learned to make wide array of sandwiches (including NYC inspired Bagel ones) and burritos, a massive shout-out to Michelle and Julian for the motivation and help. Among other things, I got my hair colored and received diverse set of reviews on them and got thrown popcorn at during Red Sox game because of cheering for Mariners. I am also back on twitter @satvik_sh
Big thanks to everyone at Library Innovation Lab for the help and feedback on curate.
Looking forward to the last couple of weeks and then heading back to India for a month worth of family, food, friends, and adventures.
Hi everyone! I am back to blogging again on the usual 2-week mark.
The last couple of weeks stand in sharp contrast to my past two years at the UW. In addition to working on the project, I have spent some great time exploring Boston and Cambridge with two great fellow interns. I have made good progress in my project of identifying art movements using keras and ResNet50 architecture but now I am at a halt because of lack of resources, something that I am trying to find a way around. I really like the way Library Innovation Lab provides the freedom for interns, which helps us in coming up with meaningful projects, based on themes/concepts that matter to us. It is something so different from a generic internship experience and something that would not have been possible without the wonderful team of people working at LIL.
Moving on from that, I have been able to pick up reading once again and managed to finish up a book in record time (two weeks), The President is Missing. It was a really good read, especially when I had been away from fiction for a long time. I have taken up When Breath Becomes Air now and have managed to complete half of it within a couple of days. I am really looking forward to setting another record time and having a summer full of interesting reads. Just completed watching Sterling K. Brown’s commencement speech at Stanford which touched upon some great points – I might be partial on this one because of philosophical references he evoked in his speech.
I await the more wonderful opportunities and experiences this summer has to offer and to grow as an individual each day, not by just learning to code better but by improving as a person overall, and I believe that reading plays a big role in that.
Until next time.
(Cheering for Mariners instead of Red Sox at Fenway Park turned out to be interesting)