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Update from January 27th, 2020

engineering

I spent a lot of months trying to find a job. Tons of rejection--and a lot of growth in the end. A book that really helped was What Color Is Your Parachute by Richard Nelson. I started working at THINK Surgical as a Systems Engineer about a month ago and I've been loving it so far. Systems engineering for medical devices deals closely with creating and managing the design inputs to the device and testers, as well as aspects of design all along the product life cycle. I know that this experience is going to be tremendously helpful in the long run. Knowing how to structure and phrase requirements for design will give me an edge when I want to build my own devices some day. Looking forward to getting my hands dirty! Also... I love free coffee and snacks.

dancing

Like in my last update, Greg's training has been amazing for me. I actually had some pretty crazy stuff happen right after my last update though. Not only did I leave for North Carolina for an internship for a few months, but I also managed to damage a nerve in my shoulder. It took a few months to heal and I couldn't dance for a while. Getting back into it was hard, but it happened. I definitely feel like I am a better dancer now than I have ever been. And I owe most of that to Chapkis.

I definitely have put dance a side a bit to focus on my engineering career, but I love pouring energy into dance. Like in my last update, I have been continuing to learn a lot how dance relates to life. It has been showing me how rewarding it is to pour energy into one or a few things, and how much it pays to commit. I know my journey is just beginning!
meditation

This is definitely the category in which I have failed the most. My sessions are more dazed than ever. I'm almost half asleep when I meditate nowadays, and I only do it for 20 minutes or so. But the days I do it still feel significantly different than the days I don't. I really need to get back into meditating well. My focus has definitely been off recently, and while life seems to be going kind of tremendously, the truth is my lack of focus makes it difficult for me to read books when I should be, or work on this website, or go to the gym. Starting a new job also definitely had an impact too. Just going to have to work on being more mindful and deliberate... and I probably shouldn't keep trying to meditate on my bed.
thankfulness

This is a new category I am starting. Since I have being more grateful for the things I have in life, I have seen a huge increase in my general day-to-day happiness. Grateful for big things, like how lucky I was that my parents brought me to California for a great education, and who gave me all the financial support to get a great degree. But also for the little things--like my watch or phone, or Ballu.

Gratefulness and thankfulness are the opposite of entitlement. And the more entitlement I have been able to shed, the less weighed down I feel.

I think the number one thing I am thankful for right now is my job. I am FINALLY financially independent. For the first time in my whole life. And now its my responsibility to not screw stuff up. I think I'm honestly thankful for that pressure too.
"no" to everything else

I've definitely gotten better at saying "no" to things and opportunities that don't matter. I have narrowed down and prioritized my responsibilities well enough in that regard. Engineering and dance are my biggest focuses, and I am making an effort to put more time into friendships as well. Something I stupidly neglected for a while.

But I could do a lot better at saying "no" to distractions. My phone, internet addition, procrastination, laziness, a desire for instant gratification... these sum up the bane of my existence. I think this year is the year where I really get a hold on these things. At least a little.

 

Update from April 2nd, 2019

engineering

I've finally finished my undergraduate degree. Luckily, I've been stressing about this moment for several months and am somewhat prepared to deal with it. I recently interviewed at an extremely cool and innovative biomedical device company and I'm hoping I get the job. I have also begun work under Professor Joshi at UC Davis. He's helping me design a remote controller for someone with muscular dystrophy, who can no longer operate the controller properly. Definitely a rewarding project to finish off my undergrad. As for grad school plans... I'm holding off until next year at least. I definitely need to start studying for the GRE...

 

dancing

I have seen so much growth from dancing at Chapkis. Greg's style of choreography has challenged me like nothing has before, and I'm finally beginning to understand what textures and pocket really are. The amount of time I sacrificed for it was definitely non-trivial... but definitely worth it.

I'm afraid that because of engineering, I will have to put some of my dancing aside for a while. But I will definitely find another way to integrate it into my life if I can't do Chapkis anymore.

Dancing has helped me connect so many aspects of life together over this past year. I'm beginning to realize that when it comes to learning and mastering everything, knowing how to properly demonstrate and explain the subtlest elements is actually the most important part. I've found this is true with engineering as well--low-level understanding leads to high-level mastery. I'm trying to find more ways in which to implement this concept so that I can learn topics better and quicker. It certainly helped me with school--my final quarter GPA was a 3.8 (Aircraft Propulsion screwed it up). It was also the quarter where I put the least effort into my courses compared to any other quarter.

 

meditation

My discipline with meditation has fallen considerably. I find myself missing days more often than I should. These bad habits were definitely exacerbated by finals week. But I continue to try to gain back the skill I once had. In my daily life, my meditation has still been helping immensely. I can actually stop myself from getting angry and overreacting to things much quicker than before. Although I still get irritated quicker than I should (my mom loves to point it out), even the small moments of bliss are revolutionary.

 

"no" to everything else

I have a problem saying no, and I am constantly finding myself wanting to take on as many projects as possible. Slowly, I'm coming to the hard realization that life is about sacrifice, and that eventually (soon, perhaps...), I'm going to need to let go of some of my activities, and maybe even passions, to pursue one thing.  To commit to something. For now, I am still in a mode of exploration, trying to figure out what exactly my path is.

Therefore, if you would like to contact me regarding a project, either pertaining to engineering or to dance, I'm more than willing to discuss it with you.

 

Update from August 22nd, 2018

engineering

I'm currently interning at Eclo working on an accuracy paper for their 3D scanning mobile app. It's pretty fun stuff, because I'm exposed to the trials, tribulations, and excitement of startup life on a daily basis. The founders, Alex and Ivan, are super cool dudes who have offered me invaluable advice and guidance during my time here.

The Stridesight team, including myself, Angela, and Samir, are planning on making more progress on our work in order to make our device ready and robust enough for use by biomechanics labs and experts. The plan from there is to see if we can create something with real commercial viability. You can find our project presentation here.

I have plans to work with an amazing professor at Davis this fall as I finish up the final two quarters of my undergrad. The lab deals with neuroprosthetics, something I've been intrigued by for a long time.

 

dancing

I recently started training with the Chapkis Dance Family, an reknown urban dance academy. Some pretty big names have come out of there and I feel pretty blessed to have gotten through the audition.

I am also continuing to make videos whenever time permits. I think true expression of art in the form of concept videos is a powerful mode of consuming dance right now. Plus, it's an amazing way to interact with other dancers and collaborate to form something truly unique.

More than anything, I am focusing on growth in my hard and soft skills pertaining to dance, especially urban movement. Growth is what I'm focused on right now. Getting my name out there in any capacity is purely accessory.

 

meditation

I have been meditating consistently for 1 hour (or at minimum 30 minutes...) every morning. Even the marginal changes in my behavior and approach to life that I have gained through meditation have been somewhat life-changing. I definitely have a very long way to go.

I have also been practicing the art of  "meditating with the eyes open"--essentially, forgetting about everything that isn't the present moment, and focusing on the breath. It really has helped me in being more at ease and focused, and it's given me a better perception of how important the present is (and how easy it is for us to focus too much on the past or future).

To read more on how I meditate and why I believe in it, check this out.

 

"no" to everything else

I have a problem saying no, and I am constantly finding myself wanting to take on as many projects as possible. Slowly, I'm coming to the hard realization that life is about sacrifice, and that eventually (soon, perhaps...), I'm going to need to let go of some of my activities, and maybe even passions, to pursue one thing.  To commit to something. For now, I am still in a mode of exploration, trying to figure out what exactly my path is.

Therefore, if you would like to contact me regarding a project, either pertaining to engineering or to dance, I'm more than willing to discuss it with you.

 

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