How I landed in tcs + research

My interest in academic research was developed during my master’s study in actuarial science*, where I experienced the joy of discovering knowledge through the participation in various research-related activities, e.g. holding seminar talks, attending conference and working as a student assistant. It was not until the end of my master’s study that I discovered my interest in computer science, when a good friend introduced me to this diverse and fascinating area of knowledge. After master’s graduation, I worked shortly as a research assistant in actuarial science, before deciding to look for a new path in cs.

For around a year back then I was self-studying a variety of cs topics, from the very basics gradually to more advanced topics. After quite some trials and errors, I eventually landed in what I’m now happily doing. Now whenever I look back, I cannot be thankful enough to the ones who have been supporting me through all those times of uncertainty and challenges.

*In case you’ve never heard of this rare and somewhat weirdly named discipline, actuarial science is roughly statistics and financial maths applied onto insurance topics.

Languages

Cantonese is my mother tongue and I speak fluent English.
In daily life I like to speak in German, although it is not what I know the best and mistakes are unavoidable.
If I were to learn more languages just for fun, Japanese, Latin and Russian would be my picks.

My past little dream

As a late-beginner, I started with ballet dance when I turned adult, which has ever since become an important part of my life. For years, my old little dream was to become a professional dancer. I was a full-time dance student for almost one year, a time that I still miss in a way.