just archiving some of the cringeworthy content that used to live in “More on Me” here.
Learning in non-private
[edit: I no longer update this!]
Learning (outside of school) has always been a pretty private, siloed experience for me. Trying a new experiment: learning in “public”!
For now, it’s going to be mostly crypto-centric. The intention is to be more authentic and transparent with my progress, and I’m starting by publicizing some of my own messy, non-linear notes. I’m not editing for the public eye, so there’s no guarantee for grammar, orderliness, or even correctness.
Notice that I got something wrong? Commenting functionality is on, so please do feel free to leave feedback!
On art & colors, on tech, and on my journey
From when I was five to when I graduated high school, I lived every single weekend in a small, unassuming art studio. I wanted to become a professional oil painter and to go to art school. Growing up, most of my garments were splattered with paint.
So I’m a pretty visual learner and thinker. Unironically, I love asking about people’s favorite colors! Coral-red #ff9980, for example, is my favorite color—it’s bright, energetic, and powerfully feminine. My friends call it “Kristie red” :)
In addition to the fine arts, I dabbled in writing. Won a couple writing contests in elementary + middle school. In seventh grade, I got to 25k/50k words in NaNoWriMo. In high school, I was editor-in-chief of the creative magazine for two years, growing readership by 20x.
Then I tried debating in Model UN for two years. Then I nearly became an international relations / economics major (thank you, YYGS!).
So I never thought I’d be a ~tech~ person.
But when I tried my hand at UI design, I loved being able to create prototypes of things I could actually use. Then, I wanted to go from prototypes to real, functioning apps. I spent the summer after tenth grade learning to code at Make School—where I shipped my first two real apps.
It’s been a whirlwind since then.
Thank you to Rewriting the Code + NCWIT + Built By Girls + Tech Ladies for being THE reason why I’m in tech today. I literally would not be in tech if it wasn’t for these online support systems. I give back my time frequently to younger girls breaking into tech + helping with college apps, because I know how absolutely essential it was for me.
Also forever grateful to my friends, current & ex-boyfriends, mentors, and family for shaping me into who I am today. You know who you are.
- RTC + she256 Workshop #1: Intro to Blockchain & Industry Overview
- Girls Get IT #GirlPowerPanel
- BAF x she256 Panel: The Path to Mass Adoption, with Catherine Coley & Vanessa Grellet
- Girl Genius Magazine - College Application AMA
A couple favorite essays
- Dust – Carmen Lau
- Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young
- Being Alone – Ankit Shah
- Signs of Spring – Abigail Africa
- on self-directed work: a cartographer’s journey – Paige Finn Doherty
- I have idiopathic scoliosis! Wore a plastic back brace for 23 hours a day from 4th to 9th grade to avoid open-back surgery. I was a hardy fourth grader—literally :’) When I was 14, I started a Change.org petition to the CA governor to mandate scoliosis screenings in elementary schools. It gathered hundreds of comments & 10k signatures. Nothing came out of it though, unfortunately.
- In 7-9th grade, I ran a studyblr with 10k followers :)
- I’m an ESTJ, and very Type A… Can you tell?
- Swift was the very first programming language I learned… even before Python :’)
- Love dried fruits too much for my own good
- big on lowercasing whenever possible
If you’ve read this far, please, please say hi.