I am uniquely me. Not to sound cliché, I am the only person with my unique experiences, knowledge, and skills. From racquetball to intergroup dialogue and electronics, I am the result of over two decades of near-constant learning and growth. While my grade school and undergrad experiences taught me more than I could expect to learn, through personal projects and countless interesting conversations with friends and mentors, I have been molded into who I am today. I am not perfect, as I am human. I am still learning, as I strive to be a better me.
As for my early years, I grew up in Kentucky suburbs attending public school. Any school is going to have it's oddities and unique culture, but there was nothing quite like the mix of socioeconomic statuses where I attended high school. Although navigating the awkward events and immature interactions would give any kid pause, these experiences shaped my perspective on others and myself. Thankfully, many of my high school teachers were amazing and the AP program was outstanding. I was able to perform well enough to receive a scholarship to the University of Miami.
At UM I found the flexibility to try most things I wanted. Joining arguably too many organizations my first two years, I refined my interests into a few key areas for the second half of my undergrad experience. The most significant among them was IMPACT: a leadership retreat for first and second year undergraduate students. I helped shape both the program itself and the future leaders at UM through my three years as a facilitator. Along with IMPACT, I led an undergraduate staffed additive manufacturing (3D printing) lab for two years. During my time as team lead, I created a coherent and effective request processing framework, created training and hiring procedures, and expanded the scope of our space across the University and its various campuses. For recreation, I re-founded and expanded the racquetball club on campus. I always looked forward to playing a game and working out with good friends. For more on my undergrad activities, please see my resume.
Stepping both towards and away from academics, my major in Electrical Engineering helped me on many projects throughout my time in undergrad. While I didn't use my EM field theory or solid-state device coursework in any projects, the programming, electronics, and critical thinking fundamentals that were taught allowed me to create without learning everything on the way. Some awesome projects include my electric guitars, my setupInfo GitHub repository, and my tube amp. For a description of these projects, look here, and for a (mostly) full list of my projects, look here.
As I continue my education at the University of California, Irvine in its PhD program, who I am will continue to evolve. I am excited to continue engaging in difficult conversations about politics, religion, science, and more. I am thankful for all those who have influenced me throughout my life, because I would not be the person I am today without any one of them. I'm also thankful my studies in college have allowed me to refine and broaden my understanding of the world. From taking (and then being the TA for) an intergroup dialogue class to coordinating a leadership retreat for multiple years, I'm always trying to make the world a better place and have the conversations that matter.
Side note: for those wondering about the
$ whoami line on the home page, this is a reference to the Unix shell builtin that returns the name of the current user.