iOS Engineer. Photographer. Coffee Drinker.
Ex-Amazon. Currently at Twitter.
I have always enjoyed retrospectives given my analytical nature. Retrospectives are essential tools that help teams evaluate where they currently are and where they are headed. They provide an outlet for the team to review, analyze and communicate past successes or struggles. Doing so not only improves the overall rapport of the team, but also the communication skills of each individual contributor. I have experienced a variety of retrospectives across several different teams and have...
Three Ingredients for Success
Yes, I’m sure there are thousands of the same “cheezy” topics out there, but I came across my own personal view a few days ago and I’d like to share it with you.
Memories Stored in the Cloud
After seven years of using the Gmail account I created in 8th grade, I finally decided to switch over to a Gmail account that contains my real name. I wanted something more professional than my 8th grade silly alias. However, I still wanted to keep all my past archived emails in case I wanted to refer back to them in the future. So I set out to accomplish this task.
Getting The First Internship: The Chicken & The Egg
So now that I finished my undergraduate studies, I decided to take the time to reflect back on my past experiences, namely on my internships. Each year, when spring quarter rolled around, everyone was in search for summer internships. UCSD would host several job fairs where numerous companies visited our campus to recruit. During this time, everyone began to polish their resumes in preparation to meet the recruiters. We would compare resumes and trade advice...
Designing Your Resume
Shortly after arriving at college, I found myself applying to jobs and internships. Throughout this process, I must have written at least ten different versions of my resume, gradually improving features that didn’t work. I have finally arrived at the final version of which I am quite satisfied with. I feel that it works extremely well, and I have yet to see any other better template, so I would like to share with you why...
Hardest Major at UCSD?
I got the idea from my friend, Wes, and decided to play around with it myself. I wrote a small Java program that queried the CAPE database by major. I then parsed the HTML pages I retrieved and averaged the number of hours spent studying/working by adding up all the hours and dividing it by the number of rows on the page. I sorted the majors by “hours spent studying”, from highest to lowest. I...
Seeing the World Through My Camera
Photography is my favorite hobby. I absolutely love taking pictures with my DSLR and do so every chance I get. If I’m not out taking pictures, I’m either perusing photography blogs, browsing people’s pictures, or researching camera gear. I have learned a great deal regarding photography over the years and it has gradually become more than just a hobby. Learning to take pictures has changed the way I view the world around me. Instead of...
What I Learned at Apple
I interned at Apple Inc. this past summer as a software engineer. I was part of the Consumer Applications Engineering department, who was in charge of the popular Mac OS applications such as iPhoto, GarageBand, or Final Cut Pro. The three months I worked at Apple became one of my best learning experiences in my academic career. I gained invaluable insights on building a successful career and experienced the culture of a large company. Out...
Why I Like Computer Science and Programming
I didn’t always enjoy programming. My first exposure to programming was in AP Computer Science during my junior year in high school and I didn’t enjoy it. I found it extremely difficult to pick up and I struggled with the most basic concepts throughout the year. We programmed in Java and learned simple OOP principles and also some basic data structures. Despite a great teacher, I never fully understood the concepts we learned and did...
Zeenook Inc. - Startup Internship
I interned at a local startup company called Zeenook last summer. This was one of my first experiences in programming outside of my college classes and didn’t quite know what to expect. I didn’t think much of it at first, seeing that it was a small company and did not have much of an infrastructure set up when I joined. They only had a few employees and didn’t exactly have an office. I didn’t feel...