Thanksgiving Reflections (2017)

(Photo of Lake Washington I took in August 2017)

Wow, I have finally created my own portfolio website, and have my own domain! I have been wanting to do this for awhile now, and the day has finally occurred.

For the last almost 2.5 years, I have been in college, and it has been an all-around amazing experience. I have deepened my passion for computing, mathematics, and statistics like never before. My classes have been interesting, I have enjoyed the professors I have had, and I also enjoy the peers I have met through college.

Outside of college, I have also met other people through networking events. Before I moved to Urbana, I went to a lot of events such as Built in Brews, which introduced me to a lot of wonderful people who work in Chicago’s tech industry. I have attended programming workshops and such, where I have met many different instructors who work in the industry and have taught me a lot about data science and web development.

2017 has not been a good year for me. I’ve dealt with losing my father, struggled with health, and have had to overcome some obstacles academically. But I am still driven. I have a goal: to graduate college, move to the Seattle, WA area (hopefully), and starting providing for my family and others around me in need.

That’s why this Thanksgiving I am thankful to be alive and be able to pursue my dreams. I have learned that life is short. I have not only lost my father at a young age (57), but also many friends that passed away suddenly. Everyday, I need to make the most of it and continue to move forward and live out to be the best person I can be.

That’s why I live by the motto, “Let your love grow tall” (Thanks Michael Angelakos). I have learned to love those around me and continue to love the beauty of life. The world is so incredible despite all the negative things I see on a daily basis in the news or on the streets. Make the most of it, and I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving. Hopefully all your dreams and wishes come true.

-Dan

 

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