August 11, 2019

Surviving the Tallest Mountain in the Contiguous US: A Tale of Friendship, Altitude Sickness, and Piss

Mount Whitney “The Big Daddy” (14,505 ft / 4,421 m) Part 1: Introduction On August 6th, 2019, Douglas Qian, Newton Xie, Noriyuki Kojimano and I set out from Mountain View, CA to tackle Mount Whitney. Not only were we determined to summit the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States, but to also do it in one day. In comparison, most overnight backpackers take between 2 and 4 days to complete. Read more

June 13, 2019

I Had a 1.95 GPA in High School

If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will. – Me During my junior year of high school, when everybody else was trying the hardest that they have ever tried, I was on the verge of being put on academic probation. I ended the first semester of junior year with a 1.95 / 4.00 GPA. For those who aren’t familiar with the GPA scale, 1.95 is equal to a C- (73%-70%). Read more

June 12, 2019

Being President Was The Best Thing I Did In College

Serving as the President of the Michigan Data Science Team (MDST) was the best thing I did in college. It was more fulfilling than any personal project, any book I’ve read, or any internship I’ve done. It also helped me hone several invaluable soft skills that would have been hard to develop in other settings. Why Was Being President So Fulfilling? As you will see from the examples below, the things that I did and implemented created real changes in the team. Read more

May 8, 2019

How to Land Your Dream Internship

Here are five pieces of wisdom that I’ve gained from applying to hundreds of companies and speaking to hundreds of recruiters in the past four years. These tips aren’t just valuable for landing internship offers from the Big 4 (Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Google), but also at other companies. 1. Your Online Presence Matters More Than You Think Some people think that maintaining a personal website or LinkedIn is a waste of time. Read more

April 23, 2019


Yesterday, I turned 22. You could say I had a mini quarter-life crisis. Most people retire at about age 60. That would put me at a third of the way through my career. It’s also not news that most people lay the foundations of their career in their 20s and early 30s, leading to an average peak in salary in their 40s. As Meg Jay, Ph.D., author of the Defining Decade says, “Eighty percent of life’s most defining moments take place by age thirty-five. Read more

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