Classical Music & Collaboration

Lately, I’ve been watching Leonard Bernstein’s lectures, which he recorded at Harvard in the 70s. He does an incredible job at communicating the building blocks of classical music to an audience of classical music enthusiasts and laypeople alike. Today, I stumbled upon another video of his; a televised lecture / performance titled, “The Creative Performer.” He…

Better Self Assessments

I struggle a lot with writing positive feedback about myself. I’m overly critical, judgmental, and am afflicted with being overly modest. Yet, writing about yourself and advocating for yourself is such a useful skill that it’s hard to be overly critical and expect yourself and others to see your progress.   With that, here’s what’s…

Reflections on Job Searching

After my longest period of uncertainty in life— spending two months unemployed — I’ll be starting as a software engineer at Uber on their Risk and Safety team on Monday. It was a long and winding road to get here, as, quite frankly, this was my first real job search, where I actively interviewed at multiple companies…

Always Be Improving: Curating developer experiences 🚀

I recently saw a project on Github which was a collection of short interviews where people shared how to become a better developer. I really enjoyed reading through advice that developers had to share. I also noticed there weren’t any female responses. So going into 2017, I thought it’d be useful to run a similar project with…

Hillary’s Inbox

As the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton has come under fire for using a private email server to send work-related emails during her time as Secretary of State. Through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, Clinton has released batches of these emails, with the final batch released in February. While the FBI investigation is…

What does Hillary Clinton’s inbox look like?

I, too, am tired of hearing about Hillary’s use of a private email server. On the other hand, it led to a pretty neat data set to unpack: a dump of emails she’s sent and received. I played around with this data set a bit and was particularly interested in how different groups of people…

[WIP] When Github and MoMA collide

When I saw that MoMA had released their collection data on GitHub, I knew I had to do something  with it.  I’m taking art history right now and I find myself asking several questions about when and how art is acquired, so this is a great tool to help answer some of those questions. I read…

Four-hour reporting

This weekend, I revived my journalism chops from my time at The Wellesley News when I, with my partner, reported on an event and “filed” a story within four hours as a challenge for my Future of News course. My internal monologue at the beginning of this assignment: Four hours? Please.  I did this all the…

What happened when I kept track of my media usage for a week?

I was tasked with keeping track of all the media I consumed for a week. Yes, all of it — Twitter browsing, BuzzFeed listicles and all. I approached this project with meticulous detail, pausing every time I opened social media or an article to jot down what I was reading and when. This lasted for roughly… two…

Delving into a past life

On a whim, I’ve returned to piano! The decision was spontaneous, but I can’t say I regret it. What is senior spring for, if not for decisions that turn your schedule upside down? In a turn of events, I’m learning to play harpsichord this semester to play Bach’s trio Sonata in G Major. Baroque music? My…