It began casually and soon blossomed into an obsession – I would refuse repeated calls for dinner, intent on figuring out the placement of a room or object.
Someday I want to save and change lives through a medical career.
Because my family has taught me that change can be positive and radical in altering lives, I hope to hold that ability someday. Read more Violent staccatos of the jackhammer coupled with rhythmic pounding of nails and muffled obscenities comprise the symphony of the construction site that has been my father’s accompaniment more than half of his life.
As fellow wave riders – strangers and friends – wink out of your sphere of sight and...
Read more In grade 9, I started messing around with Google Sketchup.
Only our actions, words, and ideas could possibly represent the personal qualities that matter. Since age 12, I have coded and designed websites -- for my school, the local community, and as a personal hobby and pastime.
The true worth of a person is revealed in those glimpses of light in the midst of adversity and darkness. In fact, I started my own Internet business in 2004 and was hired as a webmaster by Intel Corporation this past summer. Read more I wended my way through the first through fourth grades mostly without speaking.
My presentations during that time went in two parts: a stilted “My name is ---,” then some sort of pantomime.
So I was surprised when I got a part in the class play, notwithstanding that everybody got a part. Read more I'm a fifth generation Californian who's picked up a few of the habits of the region, among them surfing and computer programming. Having a foot in both worlds gives me a sense of balance and perspective.
In those dreamlike moments before opening my eyes, fragments of thought, old and new, began to coalesce into ideas that I immediately felt a...
Read more It is my belief that paddling out into the lineup through a bank of heavy mist and suddenly finding yourself unable to see the shore is among the most surreal and inspiring experiences a person can have.