Hello, welcome to my personal website. I am Jeffrey, but please call me Jeff. Previously from Massachusetts, I go to San Marino High School, located in San Marino, California. I intend on majoring Computer Science and Media Studies. I have been programming for quite a few years and I do everything that I can to improve. I am currently working on several projects, but you can contact me at any time if you need help! I would describe myself having a high rectitude and compassion.
What's on my mind: Setting up titanHacks (club + hackathon), doing a side project and looking for a research opportunity!
Personally, I do not like the word resume being associated with a high schooler but here we are. This is by no means a complete, comprehesive list.
Classes: I took all the Computer Science classes that my school, San Marino High School , offered including Intro to Coding (required), AP Computer Science, and the Caltech STEM Research Program. Me and my peers are grateful for the opportunity the Caltech STEM Research Program offers. It is in my best interest to share my story which is why I am documenting my experiences on a blog website.
Computer Science: I started learning about programming during 6th grade. During then, I was not doing very good in school. I was a typical couch potato that was never really motivated to do anything. That is until I got my hands on my first computer. After hours of browsing through the internet, I came across programming and was hooked. Due to my middle school not offering a coding class, I started teaching myself Java and later took some local classes. Later I talked to my middle school principle and was able to form a club to foster an interest in programming at a young age. While it did not run for long, I made friends and learned more about this field. It was 7-8th grade that I lept into computer science and learned about the math behind famous algorithms like Merge Sort. By the end of middle school, I knew Java, Python, JS, HTML + CSS, C++, C#, and very little of Swift. I'll be the first to admit it, I hit a low in terms of my motivation for CS. I got back on it, however, end of 9th grade, where I began my journey to learn Machine Learning. Here are some highlights of my total journey:
Epic CS gang
FRC: I am am a cabinet member for San Marino's FIRST Robotics Competition Team, 1160 Titanium Robotics . My role on the team is within the fields of Programming, Business, and a bit of Mechanics. Our team has done multiple outreach events aimed towards catching the public eye in STEM. We have also won multiple awards at our competitions. Our main goals for this year are to implement Limelight into our future robots and win regionals.
Hackathon: I've had a drive for hackathons ever since I entered middle school. I would particpate in 1-2 events every year and since then, I have particpated in a total of 8+ hackathons. Hackathons were basically a part of my life schedule up until I moved to Southern California. Most, if not all, hackathons in California happened in the Bay Area. It is why three of my peers and I are organizing a hackathon near Los Angeles to give back to the community. I have been a CodeDay LA organizer for a year so far and being one has taught me the work required to run a hackathon. Here are some other things I have gotten from hackathons I have been to:
First-timer Award / Some hackathon @ Boston during my middle school year
Best Environmental Hack / 5th place @ AngelHacks 2019
Top 10 Teams @ FrontierHacks 2019
TitanHacks: At San Marino High School, many students associate programming with game design and undecipherable nonsense, rather than what it actually is: a great tool for creation. At titanHacks , we introduce members to concepts and tools and foster an environment of creativity so that, hopefully, members will be self-motivated to learn and produce. Disclaimer: This club/organization is 100% student operated and not affiliated with the school. We hope to cumulate the 2019 year with a intraclub hackathon and finish the 2019-2020 school year with a publicly available hackathon. So far we know it will be held at Occidental College!
Summer: Our school allows students to take certain classes during the summer. I took World History, Health, and AP Psychology for graduation requirements and self-interest. I have done a lot of activities outside of school. One being my time at Stanford for pre-collegiate studies where I learned about Artificial Intelligence. Important things that I have gotten out of the program is a more defined idea on how A.I. is used in our lives (and in the future) and the ethics behind it. I also grasped machine learning concepts. For next summer (2020) I am looking for interships regarding research or company experience!
Sports: I love sports and it has and will always be a part of my life. I started out playing football at my elementary school until I got a knee injury. I was given constant warnings by my mother about playing such a rash sport and I never listened until I flew too close to the sun. I then switched to swimming where I practiced with Gator Swim Club and North Shore Swim Club to win multiple events and regionals. I started to get bored of the trite sport and so when I moved to California, waterpolo became my new favorite sport. Why? It added a ball to swimming and an actual objective which involved more variables/ factors unlike swim. Height was also a factor but that's besides the point. We won the Rio Hondo League in 2018 and qualified for CIF in 2019.
Math Team: A math team member at San Marino High School. I do Research, 11, and 12.
Debate: Ranked in Public Forum (PF) and close to qualifiying for state in Policy (CX).
Intersting conversation starters as well!
I am allergic to avocados and the pollen on certain fruits
My favorite animals are the beaver and the gemsbok oryx
I actually use the Titan Guide and Planner
J-music (J-pop and J-rock) is my favorite genre of music
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is my favorite show
High school and beyond is stressful which is why I want to share this list with you if you need ideas on how to relax!
I program! A cliche hobby but nevertheless important to me
Minecraft is a new addition. I am more of a creative mode guy because there are no restriction placed on me. My current project is a redstone calculator
Listen to music
Take snack breaks. It's never a bad time to have one
Look on the internet and find interesting topics to research on (they don't have to be related to CS) A topic I have been snooping around at: fuzzyClustering
Play frisbee with my friends
Help out my family with cooking (occasionally)
Frequently talk about my failures
I am a very talkative guy so feel free to find me walking around school or contact me through the following methods!