What inspired you to teach yourself how to code:
In high school, I created a photography service for children with special needs, which was inspired by my younger brother. After that experience, I was curious about new ways that I could invent and innovate. During my first year in college, this curiosity led me to start thinking about how iPhone apps are made. Only one issue: Making an app seemed quite complicated, and I had no idea how to code. So I decided, over that winter break, that once I came up a simple app idea that solves a problem, I would use that opportunity to learn how to develop it myself and get it published to the Apple store.
Not long after, that app idea came in the middle of class, from a guest lecturer who was teaching us about creativity in business. That same day, I got working on this idea, all the way through finals week, until an app was finished. I was about to leave for Ecuador for a month-long service trip when I suddenly was notified that Apple published my app to their store.
While I was in Ecuador and witnessing downloads from people from all around the world, it became clear that I wanted to learn more about building technology. I was inspired that you could use code to build something from your dorm room for people all around the world. I signed up for my first computer science class, got involved in computer science research, and pursued new projects throughout college.
You were chosen to be on ProMazo’s list of Most Interesting Students for a reason. Do you have any advice for other students hoping to create their own success:
I have found that the random opportunities that I am curious about are the ones that that tend to make a difference for me. They will tend to seem new and out of nowhere at first, but then they make sense in retrospect if you view everything as a potential lesson instead of a potential risk. The reason being is that one opportunity is oftentimes a catalyst for the next. That sort of mindset has helped me challenge myself, even when it is hard to imagine how something will play out.
I came across this quote recently: "Think and wonder, wonder and think." - Dr. Seuss.
Biggest role models or inspirations:
I'm always interested in learning from business psychologists like Simon Sinek and from entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs, but it's mostly my parents who have always encouraged me to think big. A lot of my inspiration comes from friends and family.
I spent a semester studying abroad in Scotland, at the University of Edinburgh. Also, I play the keytar.
Tennis, music, and travel.
I hope that starting a career in consulting will help me gain a strong foundation for helping better the world using technology, and with a passion for entrepreneurship, I hope to continue with pursuing new projects and ventures as well.