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

July 24, 2018

Super Linux Warp Pipe

Today at work I came across a problem that I managed to solve using multiple Linux pipes. What I needed to do to solve the problem was count the frequency of words existing between a certain context. This is a simplified version of what the input looked like: Where is the { FRUIT apple } ? Is the { PLANT tree } within the ground ? The { FRUIT banana } ate some { FRUIT banana } . Read more

May 6, 2016

My New Housemate is a Professor

My freshmen chapter ends here and a new chapter begins.
Today is my first day as housemates with my professor, Rui (pronounced REY) Wang from UMass Amherst. I will be working with him on his open-source hardware business for the next 4 months. This opportunity is a godsend. The fact that I am making money is peanuts compared to what else I may gain from this invaluable experience. Spending so much time with an associate professor from the Computer Science department will be extremely beneficial to my development as a computer science major and as a student of academia. Read more

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