What inspired you to found Ascunia Tech. and the Computer Science Institutes of Hammond?
Throughout middle school, I learned a lot of different programming languages. In the process of learning, I realized how expensive it is to get websites and software built for small businesses and entrepreneurs, so in order to solve this problem, I founded my technology development company, AscuniaTech LLC. I founded the Computer Science Institutes of Hammond when I saw an opportunity to make a great change in my city. My AP Computer Science teacher trusted me to teach certain concepts in class my sophomore year due to my level of experience and only fueled the fire for me to start a computer science organization revolved around teach CS for free to high school students in my city.
Who was your role model and/or inspiration?
There are many, but my father and my AP Computer Science teacher are two big inspirations in my life. My father worked multiple jobs to make sure my family and I had all of our necessities. My AP Computer Science teacher, Mr. Chance, kept pushing me to believe in myself as he saw something in me that I couldn't even see in myself.
What does your future look like? What do you plan to do?
After graduation, I look forward to working for a top tech company, preferably on the west coast. With the Computer Science Institutes of Hammond, I plan on staying on the Board of Directors while the Director position is passed on for years to come. My tech company will most likely be passed down as well due to potential competitor conflicts with whatever other tech company I choose to work with.
What is the best piece of advice have you received that has helped you be successful?
This is something I always tell others that I follow myself: Whenever you’re ready to give, just remember why you started in the first place
What motivates you?
To be able to make a difference, help people out wherever I can, and help my family for generations to come
What were you like in high school?
I had a variety of friends in high school, ranging from "nerdy" to "popular". I found my balance between the two and many people enjoyed working/hanging out with me.
What do you do in your free time?
I like to do research on certain topics and improve my skills. I like to play chess, play the baritone and the trumpet, and hang out with my friends.
What is your favorite tv show at the moment?
Rick and Morty and Supernatural
How has your life and daily routines in regards to your company changed as a result of COVID-19?
Ascunia Tech hasn’t really been affected. The Computer Science Institutes of Hammond has to do everything online like summer classes. And my internship with Amazon has been moved to be remote, so I’m working everyday.
If you could go back in time, is there, if at all, anything you’d do differently?
No, everything happens for a reason and to go back and change something can lead to things becoming possibly worse in the future.
What do you think are your strengths and weaknesses?
A friend of mine once told me that my greatest strength is that I don’t set limits for myself. My greatest weakness would have to be that I struggle with imposter syndrome.
If you could know the absolute truth to one question, what would you ask?
I wouldn't ask any questions. I think that the best part of life is trying to figure out things on our own and not have all the answers given to us.
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
Little Wonders by Rob Thomas. We are often stuck on the bigger picture in life, when it’s the small things we will remember for a lifetime
In your opinion, who do you think is the most impressive person in the world right now, and why?
Everybody is impressive in their own way. People do different things in their own fields.
What advice do you have for your fellow or younger peers?
Whenever you’re ready to give up, just remember why you started in the first place.