In the course of our travels at Seelio, we meet awesome people. One of them is Wesley Sun, a senior at Northwestern University. We met Wesley on our Illinois tour, and had a great time talking to him and the rest of HackNorthwestern. We thought you’d like to meet him too. So without further ado, say hello to Wesley!
1) If you could describe your college career in one word/phrase, what would it be and why?
This is really hard but I think the right word would be discovery. I’m always discovering and learning new things in college, mainly new career paths or new interests. During my time in college I’ve gone through so many phases in terms of academic interest and it always changes when I discover new things. I was into mechanical engineering, then film, artificial intelligence, video game development, and now web development.
2) Your one-line bio says, “Addicted To Learning New Stuff”, What is the coolest thing you’ve learned lately?
Well I’ve recently been teaching myself Ruby on Rails in my spare time.
Slight tangent, you might not get if you’re not a programmer. Today I learned about the COMEFROM statement which is more or less the opposite of a GOTO statement. It’s a really bad idea and was actually implemented as a joke but it just made my day.
3) What about coding in Matlab has made you realize you really wanted to code?
I’m not sure if Matlab made me realize it or if I just happened to be using Matlab when I first coded. I just thought coding was neat, at that time I was writing programs to do neat stuff and constantly trying to make them run faster and faster.
4) You mention on your Seelio that you were in the top 11% at the Google AI Challenge. Can you tell us more about that experience and why it was so transformative for you?