I'm an early-riser that enjoys reading, music, math, and web technologies. I started programming when I was fifteen years old when I picked up a couple of books from my local book store and taught myself how to build basic websites. From then on I fell in love with the field. Although I've been exposed to different areas of programming, I haven't found anything that I enjoy more than the web and data visualization. I think the interconnectivity of data and outward impact on other industries that the internet makes available is one of the most exciting aspects about the era that we live in.
Although I am self-taught from the start, I finished a double Bachelor's in Theoretical Computer Science and Computational Mathematics from Northern Illinois University. There has been a lot I was able to teach myself that is relevant to my focuses, but attending college has exposed me to algorithms and data analysis that I wouldn't have been introduced to in the wild.
I'm a big fan of maps and all of the history behind their form. Studying geopolitics and societies has been a long-time fascination of mine. When I'm not poring over maps or books, I like to run and hike, and completing a marathon is one of my short-term goals. My long-term goals revolve around being a life-long learner and to contribute to building society in any way I can.