I was born in Melbourne, did high school in Singapore, and now live in the Bay Area. 🇦🇺🇸🇬🇺🇸
Early on, I was infatuated with Green Day (I still am — I've got a Green Day tattoo, and Billie Joe is my idol!) To get my constant American Idiot fix I bought an iPod, initiating me into the Apple cult. One day I stumbled upon Xcode, an app you could use to... create other apps. From then on, I became student by day, iOS dev by night.
When I was 14, I won a scholarship to attend Apple's WWDC 2013. It was the most significant week of my life. I joined a global community of teen developers seeking to do great things, from which I have come close to the most ambitious young people I know. I am so grateful to Apple for these opportunities.
In high school, I made lots of things — notably software products, music covers, and long articles — most of the time with Lenny Khazan. I also took a two-year high school philosophy course. I now reflect upon these experiences as being absolutely pivotal for my current mindset/outlook on life, goals, and direction going forward.
In 2016, I was admitted to Stanford University. Since arriving, I've been influenced by a few students, alumni, and faculty who've offered invaluable advice for pursuing my goals, and who've shaped many of my perspectives. During freshman fall, I engaged in 4 months of reading and self-reflection. My aim was to take a step back and figure things out — personal values, long-term goals, narrative identity — from first principles. I may have failed a couple classes, but those were the most value-adding four months of my life.
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