Now Page – October 2019

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In a nutshell: I’m in the middle of fall quarter of my second year at Stanford, where I’m pursuing my master’s degree in Computer Science. The classes are very challenging, but very rewarding.

In a nutshell: I’m in the middle of fall quarter of my second year at Stanford, where I’m pursuing my master’s degree in Computer Science. The classes are very challenging, but very rewarding.

How I’m spending my time

70% of my time is focused on classes,
10% on school-related things that are not classes,
15% on my health,
5% on everything else.

Classes

Decision Making Under Uncertainty – There are obvious implications for robots, but the class teaches techniques that can be applied generally. Lots of aspiring mechanical engineers and computer scientists taking this class, but also aspiring economists, doctors, chemical engineers, and more. The professor, Mykel Kochendorfer, is funny and entertaining despite the sometimes dry subject material. Check out our final project in progress – we’re creating an agent that automatically route incoming planes to their destinations while avoiding each other and other obstacles.

Probability for Computer Scientists – After getting my butt kicked by the infamous CS229 in spring, I decided to take a step back and refresh my probability foundations. I’m really glad I did. For the first time, I’m actually enjoying probability, most likely due to how good the teaching is. Again, our professor, Lisa Yan, keeps things interesting despite the dryness of the subject, which I really appreciate.

School stuff that isn’t class

Lots of socializing! It’s the beginning of the school year and everyone is willing to hang out and meet others. I’ve definitely been capitalizing on that. I love it. My extroversion is being fueled like gasoline on a fire.

I found an improv comedy group on campus that doesn’t require taking the actual theater department class. We practice twice a week. I’m really looking forward to honing my improv skills with these folks.

And finally, I’ve been spending time job searching. I’ve tentatively decided to take an extra quarter as long as I can be funded, so I’m looking for one last summer internship, specifically in small companies focused on robotics. Or maybe I’m going to do research. Or maybe I’ll go and be a camp counselor somewhere. I have no idea!

Health & Fitness

The biggest health goal right now is fix my back/foot. There’s a lot of nerve pain in my big toe area that gets worse with impact exercises, and it’s been getting steadily worse for about a year and a half. The best guess the doctors have is that it’s radiating down from my back. Thankfully, I’ve recently been getting great healthcare here at Stanford and it’s seeing some improvements.

On the downside, I’ve had to stop running, which was especially hard to hear after training up over the summer after a long dry spell. However, on the upside, I get to learn how to swim! It’s hard. I can currently do 10 laps of freestyle over about 20 minutes, and then my body is done. But I’m just starting out. I’m excited to make progress in a new sport.

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