I came to UCSD as a declared Mathematics – Computer Science major. When I heard about the new Data Science program, I switched majors in the split-of-a-second. As I started to attend town hall meetings, they assured me that I made the right decision. Squeezing an intense four year major in three years may not be possible in other departments, but the support of the advisors, professors, and faculty has made this an achievable goal.
I currently work at Metrim Data, which is a startup within AlchemyX. “AlchemyX is a startup that focuses on training deep models to scrape social media sites and structure information valuable to businesses.” (https://metrim.co/). I came in with only two skills – Python and Java. But through work, I have been able to learn and gain exposure to Keras, Neural Networks, tSNE, CorEx Topic Modeling, and so much more. Through this job, I realized it is more important to come in with a learning attitude rather than a vast skillset.
I am also interning at the Linux Foundation in San Francisco. I’m part of a project called Deep Learning Foundation, which is an “umbrella organization that will support and sustain open source innovation in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning while striving to make these critical new technologies available to developers and data scientists everywhere.” My tasks vary on a weekly basis, but it feels rewarding to finally put what we have learned in DSC10/20/30 to use in the real workplace.
Apart from school, music is my number one passion. I’ve been singing and performing since I was 3 years old and hope I can combine my passion for music with a career in technology one day. 🙂
We still have a long way to go, and I am looking forward to this journey with such driven, enthusiastic, and encouraging peers. Feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am also on board for the Data Science Student Society (DS3) so message me if you have any questions!