I'm Derek, a Cornell senior studying Computer Science in Ithaca, NY. I'm passionate about learning and creating. I have a variety of side projects which were geeky solutions to problems I faced (mainly for studying), which include a Chrome extension and mobile app for productivity, an MCAT bot, and a few simple mobile games. I'm currently working on creating a new productivity app to integrate with my Chrome extension, Minto.
As a tech dude, I spend way too much time in front of screens, so I try to avoid them in my free time as much as I can. In my free time I listen to podcasts, play tennis, beat my friends at ping pong, cook fancy dinners with them, and take their money in poker. I'm currently learning how to play piano and expand my culinary skills outside of fancy pastas. I'm also an avid reader. My favorite books are Can't Hurt Me and Atomic Habits, and I'm currently reading Dopamine Nation.
After a 180-day dopamine detox during lockdown, I learned so much more about myself, what makes me happy, and how addicting self-improvement can be. I believe there is always room to grow. I've tried meditation, yoga, running, lifting, and journaling. Reach out to me if you have any questions about these, or if there's something cool I haven't tried yet!