Tag Archives: personal

Oct 02
2014

What I learned working at Groupon

Groupon was my first true programming job. I’d worked briefly at a .com way back in the day, and I’d done a variety of tasks at a start-up in Beijing ranging from running human resources to assisting with business development. … Continue reading

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Jan 07
2014

Use it or lose it

Visiting the house I grew up in this past holiday season, I had the strangest experience. I found my old notebooks from when I was about 14…and couldn’t understand the contents! I had been a math prodigy, entering college when … Continue reading

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Jan 03
2014

Looking back on 2013

2013 was a singular experience. Entering into the year, I was upbeat but still struggling in a lot of ways. I had faced rejection on nearly every front—countless job interviews, a coding school, and even a love interest. I was … Continue reading

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Dec 27
2013

Reviews of MOOCs I’ve taken

I’ve spent a lot of time on Massive Online Open Courses (AKA MOOCs). I’ve learned some great things from them, but I’ve also encountered a lot of time-wasting inefficiencies. For the most part, I’ve been taking programming and CS-related MOOCs. … Continue reading

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Sep 02
2013

Hack Reactor Review—life at a hacker school

Many prospective students have been emailing me and asking about how various programming boot camps compare. How does Dev Bootcamp compare to Hack Reactor? Where can I find an App Academy review? Should I consider doing Hack Reactor instead of … Continue reading

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Mar 24
2013

Hack Reactor Diaries #5 (weeks 7-8)

The first Hack Reactor class has graduated started working, a new cohort has arrived and my class is now the senior class. The new students are awesome! Considering how selective Hack Reactor is, I can’t say I’m surprised, but it … Continue reading

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Feb 27
2013

Plans for the next nine days

Tomorrow is my last day of class at Hack Reactor before the break starts. I’m absolutely exhausted. There are so many things to do and so many things to learn, that I’ve decided to list them: Contribute to an open … Continue reading

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Feb 22
2013

Hack Reactor Diaries #2

This is an archive of some of my thoughts after completing the first two weeks of Hack Reactor. When I filmed it, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever share it or not, but I’ve decided to go the open route. … Continue reading

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Feb 22
2013

Hack Reactor Diaries #1

This is an archive of some of my thoughts after completing the first two weeks of Hack Reactor. When I filmed it, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever share it or not, but I’ve decided to go the open route. … Continue reading

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Jan 19
2013

My first day at Hack Reactor Class

The first day was no disappointment. In fact my classmates were impressive enough that I felt just a bit of impostor syndrome. One thing that makes it especially interesting is that half the students in the school were just starting … Continue reading

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