One of the nice things about being in college is that you get an extremely long winter break – Claremont Colleges students get about 4 weeks off in total. I like to use this time to step back a little bit and reflect on the experiences of the past year and make sure I’m heading in the right direction.
For me, 2012 was a big year – a first for a lot of things. Looking back at some of the highlights…
- Built my first webapp. It’s a simple Django project for ordering food online, currently working with Claremont McKenna College to implement it at the Hub grille. You can check it out here.
- Lived in a foreign country for the first time. I worked in Mongolia over the summer at a private equity group called Asia Pacific Investment Partners.
- Went on the Silicon Valley Program (which was awesome), interned at Electronic Arts.
- Discovered the awesome world of programming.
I like to set more general goals for the new year rather than setting measurable resolutions to accomplish right away. I find this method allows me to periodically revisit my goals and enact the desired change more effectively. A few goals for 2013 include:
- Keep working on side projects. Build something with Flask or try out d3.js
- Work smarter not longer. Pursue other interests – they help make the important ones more meaningful.
- Give out more compliments. Reach out to more people in my network and build authentic relationships