Computer Science masters student, New York University

And - Google Summer of Code 2018 participant with The Processing Foundation

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If I ever let what others thought of me affect me, I would not be where I am now.

Jae Hyun

What do you do?

As a student, I spend most of my time learning as much about Computer Science as I can. I’m trying my best to make sure that I take classes in areas that I may not be exposed to while working after graduation.

Why did you choose this field?

As a student, I spend most of my time learning as much about Computer Science as I can. I’m trying my best to make sure that I take classes in areas that I may not be exposed to while working after graduation.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I don’t have any regrets for studying Biology and International Studies but I can’t help but think what it would’ve been like for me to be exposed to programming earlier. Regardless, knowing that I can now contribute to building something that has the potential to reach many others is pretty cool.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I think I fell in love with programming because of my love for biology. I think the human body is so fascinating. It is intricate and amazing how everything comes together at the molecular level to build a living being. I find programming to be very similar in many ways except I get to be part of the building process. During junior year I interned for a venture philanthropy fund and learned about several NGOs leveraging technology for social good.

Best advice for next generation?

Be patient. Don’t be afraid. You are good enough. Don’t let others tell you otherwise. Be confident. It's never too late, everyone starts somewhere. One of the best pieces of advice that I got from a friend was, “if I ever let what others thought of me affect me, I would not be where I am now”.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

I’m originally from South Korea but lived in Canada for about 9 years before going to the US for University!

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