Who Am I | Ace 1000
I am Chaoneng Tan, an 18-year-old Chinese-American young-adult male pursuing a software programming degree and to make an impact on the world. My early days as a first-generation immigrant consisted of learning more about the world as California was vastly different than where I had originated from. Many of my first memories consisted of learning the new etiquette of waiting for the street lights to turn before looking both ways and crossing the street, meeting my grandpa and grandma who lived and had a business here in the United States for a majority of their lives, and investigating the new world as curiosity overtook my childish mind.
My first friends were from Downtown Oakland, Chinatown where I spent a majority of my early days learning… but mostly playing at the Lincoln square park where my school at the time, Lincoln Elementary, was located. Later on, my newly acquired friends led me to the “kool-kidz-klub” where I was introduced to computer games. Gaming for me wasn’t just about passing time, It was more about the communication that led me to become a creator in many fields of interest some namely computer animation, wallpaper creator, and eventually computer programming.
Programming was special to me, It wasn’t just some way to let my fantasies run wild on earth but another way for me to interact with more people. “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success” -Henry Ford. By reaching out to interested people via code, I can interact with the masses and grow bigger as both an individual and an aspiring programmer thus leading me to become a software programmer.
Me as a person
As a software programmer automation is key, my state of mind is to create a shortcut using the shortest possible path to create it. I would say that I’m very literal about my words so my characteristic is being straightforward. Characteristics that I deplore are the troll type, those who bother people on purpose despite being asked to stop are the bane of my patience. The most under-rated virtue that I hold importance to is empathy, those who don’t understand don’t deserve to be understood. My greatest fear is walking down the wrong path in life and regretting it by going backward and losing years of experience. Although I’m straightforward, sometimes where a serious conversation is happening I’d like to crack a joke by telling a blatant lie making people believe its real by using the atmosphere then destressing the conversation by saying that I lied. Phrases that I overuse depends on the times and situations but few that stuck around and describes me are “stuff and things” and “crap.” Stereotypes surrounding the view of males showing how they are Alpha and the Chinese being smart but I’m not a personification of those stereotypes and so if I could change something it would be the above.