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

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

July 25, 2018

Becoming a Better Software Engineer

I’ve recently realized that the skills you learn as a software engineer (SWE) are disjoint from the skills that you learn in school. Below are some of my findings. 1. Nobody knows the answer, but it’s out there somewhere. It’s up to you and only you to figure it out. That’s what the company is paying you to do. Problem-solve. When my internship first started, I shot questions at my mentor, full-timers, and other interns what seemed like every hour. Read more

October 16, 2016

College Advice

1. Take classes with the course chair Taking classes with the course chair for courses with many sections such as Linear Algebra guarantees you a proficient teacher. They will most likely provide extra perks such as review sessions and review sheets. You are also guaranteed that the instructor will cover everything on the tests so you won’t have to worry about your professor omitting something. I took Calculus I with the course chair during my freshman year. Read more

July 27, 2015

A Simple Brain Hack To Accomplish More

Sometimes you don’t feel like going to the gym. For one reason or another, the real reason is that you’re too lazy and don’t feel like it. Don’t make excuses. But that’s another point. Listen up, because I’m going to teach you a way that has made everything for me easier. It works for anything that you’ve been doing, but find yourself having trouble following through sometimes. Your brain works in strange ways and to appeal to your brain you have to take advantage of how your brain works. Read more

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