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For the second consecutive week, I was struggling to balance my school work, jobs, and extracurriculars; for the second consecutive week, I decided to sacrifice sleep and attend a hackathon instead. On October 16–18th, 2020, HackNC-a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill sponsored hackathon, took place virtually.

The Dream Team &…

Our team’s Quantum Orchestra project won the Community Choice Award!

I enjoy the experience that comes with a good hackathon: the snacks, the sleep deprivation, and (depending on the hackathon), the team-wide panic 1 hour before the submission deadline. …

An opportunity to learn about what women are working on globally

A couple of weeks ago, I was able to attend the Women in Quantum Summit hosted by OneQuantum and sponsored by other various companies. I had attended workshops and speaker lectures in the past, but something that surprised me about this conference was that about 87% of it focused on…

Everything from June 1st to July 31st

This past summer, I was fortunate to be a part of Lenovo’s internship program. I was even more fortunate that this was extended part-time throughout the school year. I wanted to write something recapping my summer work experience and how Lenovo adapted their internship program to be virtual in 2020.

At moments I felt inspired and at others… I felt I had to take a break from staring at my screen.

I was a week into my first semester at college when someone first told me that I had to go to the Grace Hopper Celebration. Fun fact: I can actually confirm the date by looking back on the date of the reminder I typed on my notes app. It took…

The end of the Quantum Journey Series, and the beginning of my transition into new types of content.

I don’t think I’ve ever been so thankful for a weekend in my entire life (Don’t worry, I still woke up at 6 a.m. today). This past week included school, work, more work (second job), the Grace Hopper Celebration, and the Women in Quantum Summit. Now that I’m out of…

This week was about connecting with the community that exists around quantum information

I don’t know where to start in terms of this week; My week was packed with so many things that had nothing to do with quantum. There wasn’t a moment of “wow, I actually get this” like I had when Kevin mentioned Gerlach-Stern. On the other hand, there was also…

Although I didn’t spend too much time fighting with matrices last week, I did expand my entire mindset on what quantum was and could become.

Last week, I didn’t feel as if I accomplished much in terms of my “quantum journey”. It was probably my first experience of real burnout of the semester, something I remedied with taking a nap, buying a cute journal to track my mental health, and jumping on that stripper pole…

I never really had the motivation to do personal projects until I had no time to do personal projects.

I’m writing this after having spent 5 hours failing to get the right Thevenin Voltage measurement on my breadboard, AND I have a weird craving to watch fight compilations from Dance Moms. However, it’s Sunday! So, it’s time to recap my week and what I accomplished in exploring Quantum Information.

I was excited; I was thrilled; I was… hopeful.

It took a lot of denial, but I’m happy to announce that we’ve finally reached the cliff that the “fake it till’ you make it” trail leads you too.

Funnily enough, Quentin (fellow macaron enthusiast and quantum computing study buddy) and I had a conversation last week when going through…

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