My time in high school
Attended high school in the
Overall high school experience
5/10. Although the teachers at my high school were generally excellent, the unbelievable pressure that was heaped on students by parents and the school administration made life very difficult.
Grades in high school
C's and below
History / Social Studies, Performing Arts
Life since high school
Attended college / university at
I attended several schools, beginning with a year at Foothill College, followed by two stints at four-year public universities.
Post-graduate education or training
I spent seven years as a doctoral student at UC-San Diego, where I earned my PhD in 2015.
Places lived in US
California, Colorado, Oregon
Places lived outside the US
I lived in Istanbul, Turkey, for the 2013-14 academic year.
Current occupations / past occupations
I'm currently a postdoctoral research associate at an American public university. My previous occupation while I was still in grad school was a Teaching Assistant.
Industries I've worked in
- University Research and Teaching
A little introspection...
To me, being successful means...
Making a positive difference in the world so that it's at least a little better when you left it than when you entered it.
My definition of success has changed over time.
My definition of success is much less oriented towards personal achievement now than it was when I was, say, in high school.
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My favorite spot in or around Palo Alto
Back in the day, my favorite spot in Palo Alto was probably Miyake's, or possibly the Borders on University Avenue.
[map pointing to Mikake's, now closed]