My time in high school
Attended high school in the
Overall high school experience
Grades in high school
History / Social Studies, Foreign Language, Science
I struggled with physics and AP calculus because I didn't study much my senior year.
Sports / Recreation
Life since high school
Attended college / university at
a major in Economics and a minor in Computer Science.
Post-graduate education or training
I am a CPA.
Places lived in US
Places lived outside of US
I lived in Spain for 1 year before college.
Current occupations / past occupations
I am currently an accountant. I used to be a math teacher.
Industries I've worked in
- Finance and Insurance
- Educational Services
Did your education prepare you for your career/occupation?
I took accounting courses after college. Those prepared me for my current career.
Has your education and/or career/occupation trajectory ever changed? How?
Yes, I went from being a math teacher to an accountant. I went back to school for accounting and became a CPA.
A little introspection...
To me, being successful means...
living comfortably, working at a job I don't hate, and spending as much time as possible with those dearest to me.
My definition of success has changed over time.
I think free time and flexibility have become more important over time.
My greatest accomplishment to date and what I’ve learned from it
I became a CPA in my late 20s/early 30s. It took 4 years of blood, sweat, and tears. I learned that when I truly set my mind on something, I have a good chance of being able to accomplish it.
My biggest mistake or regret so far and what I’ve learned from it
I was a horrible student during college. I earned the opportunity to attend one of the world's best universities and then I wasted it. I'm not sure what I learned from that awful experience, but I did promise myself that I wouldn't go back to school again until I was ready to take full advantage of the opportunity.
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My favorite spot in Palo Alto
Hobees or Andales ;-)
(map is pointing to Hobees as, sadly, Andales is gone)