Tag Archives: December 2015

December 21 – January 6

We just returned from New Years in London! It was an amazing trip.

I began the break by joining Gaurav and Lyn (plus Lyn’s family) for my first Christmas ever. Lyn’s brother and sister-in-law are impressive cooks and it was fun to partake in some British Christmas traditions (wait … are crackers an American thing too?). I (like a dork) especially enjoyed watching the Queen’s special Christmas message she delivers each year.


Lyn and Gaurav continued to be great hosts (letting me crash at Lyn’s / their place). We mostly just drank mulled wine, celebrated Boxing Day (what is this celebrating?) with friends, and walking around a little bit (South Bank, Baker Street).


Soon after, the rest of the gang arrived: Stefan, Joel, Andrew, Chris, Arif, and Ryan. We stayed in Shoreditch in a good (but a bit tight) AirBnB and spent some serious time museuming (or at least Ry and I did).


  1. The British Museum is actually huge (you will NOT be able to do it in one day)
  2. V&A Museum is a must-see / a little less well-known (great rec Arif!)
  3. Churchill’s Bunker was very cool if you are a history buff (did you know his party lost the election before WWII ended and he actually wasn’t prime minister as the war came to a close?)
  4. Do a street art tour — very interesting (in fact, worth probably finding some other walking tours — definitely a highlight)
  5. Tower of London and Westminster Abbey are a bit pricey, but I actually thought fairly worth it (make sure you do the free audio tour for the latter)






And of course we had a great New Years at Lyn’s — keeping the tradition alive that Briggs, Lyn, and I started a few years back (we always spend New Year’s together). I am excited that Chris, Arif, and Joel are now repeat participants (hoping they and the others stick with us indefinitely!)


Ryan and I also managed to spend one day in Iceland on our way to Orlando (he is meeting the family!).

While winter is not prime tourist season in Iceland (think total darkness from 4p to 10a every day), the country is BEAUTIFUL. I would love to go back and roadtrip across the country.


What a great couple weeks, but now back to reality. Dev Bootcamp is picking up the pace (significantly!), I still have my book to finish revising (ahhhh!!!) and I need to figure out where I’ll be going to b-school. More on all this soon!

December 7 – December 20

These last few weeks have been great!

I’ve gotten to see all my friends in the Bay (even crashing Khan Academy’s holiday party with Eli):


Got both some great advice re: business school (thank you Jason and Arif!) and some great news re: admissions (and scholarships!). My top two choices are Wharton and Kellogg (their MMM program!). I will be visiting both schools in late Jan / early Feb and deciding where I’ll be shortly after!

Prior to speaking with Jason and Arif, I had thought being unsure of why I was going to business school was a reason not to go. Jason pointed out that the opposite was more likely true: if you are unsure of your next professional step, going to a place where you can experience lots of different things will probably be more helpful than choosing a job and hoping it is a fit. If my thinking changes on this though, I am sure I will let everyone know.

Anyway, DevBootcamp has also been going well! We’ve done a lot of html and css (I think we are about to pivot to ruby). I’ve made a cute little website for class (it isn’t perfect, but, hey, DBC told us not to spend more than half a day pulling it together). I am sure we’ll be adding to the page (/actually adding pages that are missing) soon ….


Oh … and how could I forget Star Wars! The Force Awakens was AWESOME! I am already planning to see it again in two days. Great film! JJ did an amazing job! I only have two small issues (highlight the space below to see what those were (desktop browsers only) — SPOILERS):

1) I really liked how Kylo Ren turns out to be a pretty weak sith (he isn’t even a Sith Lord — hence the lack of ‘Darth’). Kylo is just a kid who broke under the stress of his legacy and suffers from an intense inferiority complex that causes some significant mental instability that Snoke was able to take advantage of. I can believe that Snoke taught Kylo the mind-torture trick (and that Kylo is kind of a one-trick-pony on that front), BUT I think the blaster-freeze at the beginning was dumb and undercuts the rest of Kylo’s character. 

2) C’mon! You’re telling me when Rey, Finn, and Chewie return from the Starkiller base, Leia hugs REY first over Han and not CHEWIE?? Yeah no.


Well, next stop is London for the holidays! And after Ryan is coming back with me to Orlando to meet Nancy. Hope your holiday season has been and continues to be great!

November 11 – December 6

Yeah yeah … I am the worst at blogging.

BUT, to be fair to me, a lot has happened.

Well, first I had my pitstop in Singapore for a bschool interview. Besides the fact that Singapore is generally awesome (see life-size x-wing from their airport below as further evidence), I also ended up running into an old friend from a 2010 internship I did in Cleveland, Mississippi (!?!?). It was great to catch up and unreal that we ran back into each other in Singapore!

My big takeaway from this trip was pretty surprising though: I don’t think I want to go to business school. It is ironic that I came to this conclusion at the b-school’s mixer for candidates they held the night of my interview. The more and more I talked to other students and alum, the more I realized how unclear I have been on why I want to go back to school. One alum in particular I talked with (another ex-McK BA) really really encouraged arriving at b-school with a clear idea of what you want to get out of it. He said that if I was unsure, b-school would do nothing to clarify my thinking. This makes me feel like I need to do more exploring in the real world by working at more places before considering b-school. Oops. Oh well … better to have figured this out after applying than after attending (and paying tuition! yikes!)


Back to China!

My last two weeks in Shanghai were busy (some ways good, some ways bad). I FINISHED my book! Yay! I have since started revisions and will be ready to share before the end of the year (goal = achieved!). I also, sadly, tweeked my knee while crossfitting and was miss-limpy for my last few days in the country. This, my need for good internet for Dev Bootcamp, and a general homesickness spurred me to bag my last stop in Thailand and opt instead to go home (USA).

Which I did (Orlando anyway) for my birthday 12/1 😉

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And GOOD NEWS: My knee injury does NOT require surgery (I tore my meniscus, but the doctor says it is in an area that gets a lot of blood flow — he thinks it will heal on its own in 4-6 weeks :D).

Now I am back in the Bay Area, starting Dev Bootcamp (the remote portion — I *know* basic git now!), and finishing Sandwatcher. Yay!


Traveling was wonderful. I learned a lot about myself, the world, and what I want out of life. I met some incredible people and saw some incredible places. Through it all I’ve come to not only appreciate home more, but also to appreciate the my privilege more. After DBC, I will be looking for work again (probably in the Bay to stay near friends, boyfriend, and the tech industry) and hope to find a job that not only is in tech, but has something to do with making tech accessible to more people (no matter their income, race, or location worldwide) – see ‘privilege’ thing earlier.

Want to know more about backpacking through asia? writing a novel? living cheaply without income? the benefits and costs of quitting your job at 25 to do something crazy? Hit me up!

Otherwise, I’ll probably keep this blog up and running while I do Dev Bootcamp (why not?) and after while I look for a job ….. Also I will try to be a better blogger (maybe calendar reminders would help ? :P)