I'm Bryan, a Bay Area native and current student at the University of California, Berkeley. I'm pursuing a major in Cognitive Science, focused in HCI and Computational Modeling, and a minor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (whew). Basically, I'm hoping to learn a blend of computer science, HCI/AI, and UX topics before I pursue an eventual MBA. Living and working in the local tech community is my dream, though I'd like to also run a boba cafe..
A frequent question I get is about my ethnicity - though my last name is Chinese, I am actually a mix of Chinese, Japanese, and German. I speak English and informal Japanese, though there are so many other languages I want to learn! Traveling is a huge interest of mine - I want to both explore my roots and experience new cultures. I've flown a lot growing up. I've traveled to most US states and even drove straight to Texas! Internationally, I've visited: Italy, Spain, Germany, UK, Croatia, and Japan.
Until my sophmore year in high school, I was homeschooled by my mother. Though unconventional, it allowed me to cover standard subjects while exploring a variety of interests - computers, cars, nature - to a greater degree before the SATs rolled around. By then, I chose to transfer into public school and ended up now at UC Berkeley.
I get asked often if traditional or homeschooling is better. Though public school prepared me for standardized testing and contributed to my academic history, homeschooling and my fantastic parents shaped much of my character in a healthier, encouraging environment. I've tried my best to synthesize the positive aspects of both educational environments. Parents are often curious about these details, so feel free to contact me about it. I'm hoping it pays off!
I love tinkering with things and coding somewhat by trial-and-error. Since the early web boom, I've made and modified websites for fun, projects, and video games. This is my personal website - a mix of code testing, information, and portfolios. Since there are many fantastic HTML5 templates nowadays, I heavily modified this one to fit my needs. Lately, I've been using GitHub Pages to host it rather than traditional FTP.
This is still a work in progress - the website just underwent a major redesign.