Posted by Charley Huang on November 18, 2016 at 12:18 AM

Hi Preemadonnas!

My name’s Charley and I’m a junior at the Harker School. I spend my time dancing, doing homework, and being forced by my parents into college counseling meetings. (Fortunately, I was introduced to Pree through my college counselor.)

Because I’m a baby, my life’s story is pretty short. I went to a private preschool, grew up going to public school, and now I’m at another private school. This means my parent’s standards are realllllyyy high, but thankfully for me, my school offers so many classes that my parents want me to take (especially if they start with the letters AP). I took programming summer before sophomore year since computer science was a requirement and my mom forced me to take a different course since I didn’t get into to the AP Chemistry course. I was immediately intrigued by a little robot called Karel that we controlled using Java. I was so excited for what was to come. Then, we stopped using the robot and started creating larger and more logical Java projects. I was just about ready to give up since I realized I actually had to use more brain power. But, oddly enough, programming turned out to be one of my favorite classes of high school.

 

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Because I’m a baby, my life’s story is pretty short. I went to a private preschool, grew up going to public school, and now I’m at another private school. This means my parent’s standards are realllllyyy high, but thankfully for me, my school offers so many classes that my parents want me to take (especially if they start with the letters AP). I took programming summer before sophomore year since computer science was a requirement and my mom forced me to take a different course since I didn’t get into to the AP Chemistry course. I was immediately intrigued by a little robot called Karel that we controlled using Java. I was so excited for what was to come. Then, we stopped using the robot and started creating larger and more logical Java projects. I was just about ready to give up since I realized I actually had to use more brain power. But, oddly enough, programming turned out to be one of my favorite classes of high school.

I continued on to take AP Computer Science my sophomore year and passed with flying colors. I’ve always enjoyed the sciences and math more than literature and history, and computer science was added to my list of favorites, which my parents strongly approved of. (p.s. Next semester, I will be taking honors data structures and continuing to honors advanced topics the next year.)

Along with computer science, I really enjoy the arts, specifically dance and nail art, if that can be considered art. (My mom would say I’m obsessed because over the years I’ve collected over 200 nail polish bottles oops.) I have been dancing for around thirteen out of the sixteen years of my short life (Chinese for all 13 years, American for around 4) and am planning on continuing into college and possibly beyond.

 

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My college counselors and I are exploring ways to connect dance and computer science and turn it into my passion. The first step in completing this mission was to explore the real life uses of computer science, and working with Preemadonna is the perfect way to introduce me to using computer science to aid a non-academic goal.

Cheers,

Charley 

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