My time in high school
Attended high school in the
Overall high school experience
7/10, my experience was mostly positive although there were definitely difficult times and moments. But overall I found [high school name omitted] a positive and fun place with tons to offer.
Grades in high school
A’s and B’s
Foreign Language, Math, Performing Arts, Science
English. I can't write to save my life. I struggled constantly with essays.
Life since high school
Attended college / university at
I majored in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon, with a minor in German.
Post-graduate education or training
after a few years working I got a Masters at Stanford.
Places lived in US
Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas
Places lived outside the US
I currently live in Germany. I also did a semester in Austria during college.
Current occupations / past occupations
Engineer working in wind energy. Musician.
Industries I've worked in
- Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (e.g. Law, Accounting, Interior Design, Graphic Design, R&D, PR, Advertising, etc.)
Did your education prepare you for your career or occupation?
Yes. I ended up working pretty specifically in the fields I studied. Mostly because I got lucky that I could study what I was interested in, and then get a job in it.
Has your education or career/occupation trajectory ever changed? How?
I started my career in pure mechanical engineering, working in manufacturing in consumer electronics. I ended up going to China a lot, and decided that the smog and dirty air in china was terrible and that we should really do something about that. That led me to go get a masters degree and try and work in green energy. Which has been my career since then.
A little introspection...
To me, being successful means...
being happy, and not living under a bridge. Optional: leaving the world a better place than I found it in some small way.
My definition of success has changed over time.
My favorite spot in or around Palo Alto
Top of pagemill road on a bike.