I remember I would be fascinated by those detective story books when I was a little child. The stories of Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, and Manabu Yukawa were so mesmerizing that I would finish a whole book in hours while crawling on the carpet next to the bed. The joy of solving puzzles along with the detectives in the books and revealing the truth out of chaos and mysteries would let me forget the numbness of my leg and the outside world. It was one of the happiest moments of my childhood.
With the same passion for finding the truth and revealing information, I came to the United States for my higher education in statistics. Education plays an important role in my life. Studying in a different country offered me a whole new perspective to view the world surround me and to think who I really want to be. I want to solve problems and revealing truth from data like a detective but with programming and modeling instead of a magnifying glass and a briar pipe.
In this new era, which the data people generate in the last decade is more than the rest of the human history combined, data science and statistics is becoming increasingly powerful and important. There must be someone to use those data we generated to do a little bit good for everyone. That's why I'm thrilled to join the EdLab as a data engineer intern. I want to contribute my fair share to leverage data for making education a little bit better. I believe even just a teeny-tiny bit improvement in education could mean a lot for many other people.
I will start my Ph.D. in Statistics at the University of Connecticut this fall to further conduct research and my understanding of statistics and data science.