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A change in direction...

Where are you headed? What path will you take in the next few years? Do these thoughts constantly run through your mind? Recently, they've run through mine...

I was born and raised in Panama City, Panama as a very independent and self driven child. My parents pushed me in a direction which has truly touched and changed me. As a 2nd year Computer Science major at the Georgia Institute of Technology, I became very passionate about my work and about CS in general after I began research and saw the opportunities that stemmed from it.

Now, after a few months of thinking, I had the privilege because of the TAPIA scholarship and the Georgia Tech CoC scholarship, to come to San Fransisco for the first time. After a few talks I was somewhat interested, but not entirely hooked. However, then I had the privilege of listening to a true person I admire, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, creator of Seadragon and co-creator of Photosynth. Now the architect of Bing Maps, Blaise has done some truly exceptional work which brought to light something in my mind. We can truly change the industry with self-led projects, and we can truly change our orientation and motivation to make a difference.

Collaboration is key, but we can really go anywhere, as long as we are willing to take sacrifices, but more importantly, as long as we are willing to believe in ourselves.

-qk.

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