by Rachael Wang, Staff Writer
1. When and where were you born? Describe the kind of child you were.
I was born April 25, 1996 I was curious, and I always pushed the limits of what I could do and what I couldn’t. I liked to play with anything I could get my hands on. I had toys like Kinetics and Legos that I could build with and when I didn’t have them I would build things with wood and other materials anything I was allowed to touch really.
2. Do you have any siblings? How did they affect the Max we see and know today?
Nope, no siblings.
3. What was your favorite year of high school? Why?
My freshman and sophomore years. First of all, I didn’t have to deal with the restrictions of high school and the coming college process. Junior year was packed with classes people told me to take, not what I wanted to take. I never felt like an outcast by upperclassmen when I was a freshman or sophomore. As an underclassman I didn’t care about someone’s class and as an upperclassman I still don’t.
4. What is one of your favorite memories of high school?
My first Hackathon with Rachael, Zach, Ben, Luke and Henry. I never thought I could do something like that. I was very afraid at first. The concept was rough. I had no idea how to talk or communicate with people, but then I started reaching out when I need help. The others were there to steady my hand when we got down to work. We built something amazing in 36 hours, something people could use.
5. What are some of your extracurriculars and accomplishments?
This year I was Robotics President. I’m a Boy Scouts Patrol Leader. My team won second place at LAUNCH Hackathon. I taught myself to code so quickly. That’s really an accomplishment.
6. How have you changed from freshman year to senior year? Were there any defining moments of your high school career?
I am more independent. High school has taught me that only I know what is good for me in the long-run. Right after junior year was my most defining moment. I had just finished the year but I felt very unaccomplished afterwards. I have a problem with that. When most people are working hard on something they don’t want to do, they have a metaphorical ‘light at the end of the tunnel’; something that motivates them to finish it. I didn’t have that. After the hell of junior year was over, I just had an empty feeling. I had done a whole year of what I did not like and I was given no internal reward. I picked up my laptop and typed “how to code” in to Google. That single action has had the most reward for my effort in my entire life.
8. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Working at a startup or at my own company. I don’t specialize at one thing. At a startup, because it has so few members, any one person must be able to complete a number of tasks. I like that environment and work ethic; anyone is capable of learning and doing anything.