Life changes at an astonishing pace. It really seemed like yesterday when I made the commitment to become a professional photographer. Has it really been four years since I graduated college?

With a new website comes new readers. As such, you all deserve a glimpse into my life and at what makes me who I am and why I'm pursuing UX.

When people ask where I'm from, it's always a confusing situation. Some people are really asking where I was born. Some others ask where I'm living now. A lot of others are really asking what my ethnicity is. Which one do you answer? Why not all three.

I was born in Nashville, TN, but moved to DC when I was only 8 months old. Ever since then, I've lived in the Greater DC Area. My mom is from Taiwan and my dad is from Hong Kong. They both moved to the US for graduate school and have been living the American Dream ever since. 

(Seen Fresh Off the Boat? It's sort of like that, but not nearly as ridiculous. And less hip-hop more classical.)

I went to school as a music major, but studied pre-med like how every good asian boy should. Then, after graduating, became a professional photographer and worked as an implant coordinator/surgical assistant for an oral surgery. Sort of the same right? Something artsy and something medical?

Okay, for real, I had no idea what I was doing. (Wait, let's be even more real, I STILL don't know what I'm doing and just hoping that UX is something that I'm going to fall in love with.) I was always involved with youth camps through college and was approached by a few other non-profits to help them with their youth camp programs, which then led me to leadership programs and mentorship.

Money was running tight and eventually found the truth. I needed something more sustainable. I needed a clean slate. From there, my friend Ada showed me the door to GA and that's how we got to this point.

I know my writing isn't great. It's probably pretty poor, but I was never a good writer. That's not the point though. This blog is my take on my journey through the UX world. You might be here to get a better insight into what GA has to offer with its courses. You might just be here because you're a friend of mine. Either way, enjoy. This is going to be one hell of a ride.


Links to other UXDI4-DC portfolios:

Alex Rice

Camille Petricola

Hillary Heckwolf

Katherine Yoder

Jay DuBois