Before I came to Stanford, I knew two things: that I loved to film, and that I loved to write. 

When it came to cinematography, I found beautiful potential in my every day surroundings. Upon leaving the house, I would often times tuck my SLR under the crook of my arm with the same instinctive gesture and natural capacity as one would slip a cellphone or wallet into a back pocket. Building a collection of films ranging from experimental works to paid film gigs, such as fundraising videos and corporate events, I entered a handful of film festivals and took first place at the Palo Alto GreenLight Earth Day Film Festival for a stop-animation video on water conservation.

Pencil in hand, I crafted story after story, exploring the written word through creative nonfiction, screenplay writing, poetry, and more. Passion paved the way for purpose. I dutifully journaled by night and devoted creative energy towards student newspapers and writing groups by day. I fell in love with dialogue, emotional expression, motivational theory, and the Oxford comma, all at once.

At the time, I felt divided between two distinctive passions -- caught between seemingly conflicting written and visual languages.

When I arrived at Stanford, I discovered Product Design Engineering and the Stanford Suddenly, everything clicked.

Film and writing turned out to be cut from the same fabric -- that of telling stories and understanding people -- and the Product Design major both captured everything I had learned to love and opened my eyes to an industry surrounding everything I sought to explore.

My first course was taught by a team of designers led by David Kelley, who later became my personal Academic Advisor. Inspired, I enrolled in courses across the spectrum of design, from Mechanical Engineering and Physics to Studio Art and Psychology.

Once the ball started rolling, I couldn't let it stop. I taught myself Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and poured over books on the design thinking methodology, creativity and innovation, gamification principles, and mindfulness.

I designed educational technology, received a grant from the to conduct empathy research out of state, and became the President and Design Leadership Coach for Stanford's most successful product design group to date, Design for America.

I taught design thinking workshops to students from entrepreneurial programs, leading team-building exercises, improv games, ideation sessions, and story-boarding and prototyping workshops.

And last but not least, I discovered Philz Coffee.

I'm just getting started.

Most recently, I've been playing around with Adobe AfterEffects, logging hours in the Stanford Product Realization Lab, working on the teaching team for a class on Engineering and Innovation, and designing and developing virtual world experiences in the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab.

I don't know where I'm going yet, but I do know that it will be somewhere in the heart of the design industry -- in a fast-paced working environment with modular workspaces, where I can stand while I speak and move while I think. 

And wherever I end up, I'll never forget my dream:

I want to use design to shape the future of education, empower women, and change the world.