About Me

I’m a software engineer at Stripe studying computer science at the University of Illinois. My hobbies include programming, discovering and listening to cool new music, travelling, amateur cellphone photography, vexillology, and Smash Bros.

All opinions expressed on my blog or social media accounts are solely mine. Any advice given on this blog is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind.

Shoutouts to Alex Urquhart for the theme for the blog!

NYC Skyline
A view of the Manhattan skyline from the Whitney Museum of Art. One of the Google offices can be seen in the middleground just below the Empire State Building.

A brief history of me and computer science

Way back in 2008, when I was in middle school, I was introduced to Scratch. It opened my eyes to what I could make with programming. For the next few years, I made games and animations for Scratch and was active in the Scratch community.

However, Scratch was limited in speed and wasn’t very suitable for larger projects, so I explored other languages and frameworks. I ended up choosing Python and Pygame because of its ease of use. (Also, Python is such a great programming language!) Over the next year, I created games parodying games such as Flappy Birds and Ruzzle.

In high school, I decided to try my hand at creating a personal website. There have been several iterations since that first version. The original domain name was yangmaster.com, and it redirects to this site.

The Old Yangmaster.com Logo
The Old Yangmaster.com Logo

In August 2014, I started my college career at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a computer science major. I have since learned a lot from the courses I’ve taken, the projects I’ve made, and the peers I’ve known. Perhaps that’s the reason why Illinois is ranked 5th nationwide for computer science. 😉

When I began college, I wanted to broaden my education by studying abroad. And I did so and studied abroad at Lund University in Lund, Sweden under the engineering faculty, Lunds Tekniska Högskola during the spring semester of 2016. I also travelled as much as I could around Europe during my four-and-a-half month stay; and I have been infected with the travel bug since then.

Now in the last year of college, I’m taking more technical electives to take advantage of the great classes that [email protected] offers. I’ll most likely end up working for a tech company in San Francisco after graduation, and I’m definitely looking forward to it!

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