@thecodehen – A hen who codes

  • 2023 Summer Study Abroad in Japan

    2023 Summer Study Abroad in Japan

    I decided to participate in a study abroad program this summer with the recommendation of a friend. Last fall semester, one of my friends recommended me to study abroad since she had a great experience studying Spanish in Spain. I have always thought that I was already studying abroad in the US so I don’t…

  • Here’s what’s next…

    On Tuesday, I saw the video “I quit my job at Google, here’s what’s next…” on the YouTube Channel Joma Tech. I was surprised by the honesty in the video. He outlined his entire plan to achieve his life goal, which is to produce movies (such as a Netflix series). The plan also includes how…

  • The Complacent Americans: COVID-19 from a Taiwanese’s Perspective

    On a Tuesday morning last March, I woke up wondering what all the fuss outside my dorm was about. I wasn’t used to waking up without my phone. As I turned over to deactivate my alarm, I saw an email notification sent on 8:48 AM, March 10th, telling me to move out of my dorm…

  • Is Effective Altruism Effective?

    Touring various info sessions at the beginning of the semester, I encountered the Arete Fellowship program offered by the Harvard College Effective Altruism student group. After spending much time pondering over the philosophical, trolley-problem-like questions on the application sheet, I clicked “submit”. I was a bit concerned about why there were questions about philosophy at…

  • Honest Harvard #2: My “thing” (Passion) was Developed not Found

    Honest Harvard #2: My “thing” (Passion) was Developed not Found

    Often, the first thing people ask me is what’s your “thing” (i.e., what you are good at, what you want to do in the future). I always answer that I want to find out “what is intelligence?” This seems to fit in my portfolio of (science) projects I did in middle school and high school,…

  • New York Winter Break Trip

    New York Winter Break Trip

  • What if I spent more time on…

    Today I met someone at Annenberg. She is one of the 13 people in my class doing the Harvard-Berklee dual degree program. I told her I always wondered what if I had spent more time on music? Even though I have played piano for 15 years, it was not rigorous practice — and never competitively…

  • Dissecting a USB Virus

    One day last month, after plugging in one of my USB drives into a school computer, all of the files and folders in the drive were converted to .lnk files. Instinct told me something shady was going on. One month later, I decided to look into the problem. After scanning the drive with my antivirus,…

  • Hello world!

    Hi! Welcome to my blog. This is my first post.