Telling my story

Today, I want to talk about my story in brief. So, without further ado, here’s my story.

Before I came to the United States, I was working in Nepal full-time as a UI Designer and Front End Dev. My very first job was at a startup so I had to wear a lot of hats. I was doing graphic design, UI Design, Front End Development and sometimes print design. I was really good at what I did, to the point that some would call me a wizard.

But it never felt quite right. I always felt like there was more I could do.

My existential crisis led to countless sleepless nights, a lot of soul searching and randomly typing in keywords on Google hoping something would pop up that would answer all my questions and just so it happens, it did.

I read up on a ton of articles on UX design and it’s mysteries and before I knew it, I jumped on the UX bandwagon and decided that I want to be the very best that no one ever was, I wanted to be a UX Master.

I got on a plane and I came to the US and it’s been an amazing experience so far. Every single day, I am learning and growing. Having a diverse group of friends and classmates and observing how they think has helped me in ways I could never have imagined.

My initial goal after graduation was to get a job at google and make a buttload of money but I feel like I’m still discovering myself and this semester has definitely helped me reflect on my goals. I’m learning so much about storytelling, being a professional, making lasting impressions and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve powerposed to prepare myself mentally.

This semester, I decided that I wanted to get an internship for the summer so I tidied up my resume and started sending them out and I was able to interview with a handful of agencies and companies that I applied to. Every single interview experience helped me level up and be prepared to impress the next potential employer and I’m happy to say that I’ve been offered a paid internship at a company here in Philly.

I don’t want to disclose the name since I haven’t really decided if I want to work there since I’m still waiting to hear back from other competing agencies but I can definitely say that I have grown in the span of these last few weeks. From being very self conscious about how I speak to being able to talk passionately about my projects, I feel like I have come a long way.

For a long term goal, I want to work on creating an experience that will inspire young kids (mostly girls) to pursue STEM degrees. Back in Nepal, social stigma doesn’t allow many girls to be exposed to different experiences and teaching is no more than having kids remember things in hopes of getting good grades. I hope to change that by making learning immersive and hopefully making an impact on their lives.

I don’t know how I will achieve this, maybe using VR technology or something. Hopefully, as the days pass, I will be exposed to more experiences that will help me do this.

Till next time! See ya!

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