I’m Christopher — a programmer, singer, and leader studying Computer Science and Bioinformatics at Missouri University of Science & Technology.
Growing up, I was enthralled by the transformation of ideas into reality. This fascination first started with furniture forts and Legos. I imagined what I would build and I built it. Then it transitioned into product design, in which my sketches became CAD models that became 3D printed objects. At the end of my high school career, I came upon something called “Computer Science” and I realized that I could create anything I wanted to through programming.
When I started my freshman year of college, I was super excited to start my major in Computer Science. However, I soon developed impostor syndrome; I had never programmed before and I found myself in the midst of many students who have. Everyone was also talking about internships at these huge tech companies. So, programming for the sake of programming unintentionally became my goal. Granted, I did learn how to program. However, I didn’t get a summer internship. I felt defeated.
With all the spare time I had over the summer, I was able to reflect. By looking at my sketches and 3D models from years ago, I realized that I forgot why I wanted to learn programming in the first place. I wanted to study computer science because I saw the amazing things that can be built using programming. I wanted to build something that mattered, something that meant something to people, something amazing. And so, knowing that I had a knack for coming up with “app ideas”, I self-taught android development over the summer.