Taipei 🇹🇼

Kelsy Chou

Memorisely Alumni

Hi! I’m Kelsy and I’m very passionate about UX Research and human behavior. I’ve recently landed an internship offer so now I’m proud to say that I’m officially an UXers! ⚡️
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Where are you from and/or where are you based as a Memorisely student?

I am from and currently based in Taipei, but have spent my high school and university years in California for 8 years!

What inspired you to pursue UX/UI and become a designer?

I’ve been working as program coordinator and customer success before I decided to switch my career trajectory. While I absolutely loved interacting with customers and served as a liaison among different stakeholders, I was getting tired of only able to work with the both fronts on a surface level.

I wanted to be able to find and create solutions for the users to ensure they are having a seamless experiences, while create more impact the business as well. Then, I discovered UX research and design, and the more I learn about it, the more I fell in love with the role!

Which Bootcamp did you choose to enroll in, and why?

I was enrolled in the 10 weeks UX/UI bootcamp because I wanted to build the foundations of the process and tools. I also love that you get to finish the bootcamp with two real case studies from real companies, and you don’t have to do it alone.

What's it like to be a student in Memorisely's virtual classroom?

The main reason that I joined Memorisely is because it is a live class, so I’m connecting with people all around the world and learning together in real time! Prior to Memorisely, I struggled a lot to keep myself accountable while doing self-learning.

What has been your favorite part of Bootcamp so far? What's one learning that has surprised you in Bootcamp?

My favorite part of the Bootcamp is definitely learning with everyone in my cohort in real-time, and being able to participate in discussions and fun activities (*also the extra bonus of listening to Zander’s singing during Christmas🤭)

One thing that surprised me is that although we all received the same case study briefs, everyone came up with so such solutions and prototypes, and it really put into perspectives that there is no one perfect solution.

What is the biggest challenge you face learning UX/UI Design?

The biggest challenge for me would be battling with my perfectionist mindset and making peace with imposter syndrome.

I didn’t came from a design background, so there are many many times that I feel inadequate to be in the field. I also procrastinate a lot on putting my case study together because I kept wanting to edit it so it looks ‘perfect’.

I have to keep reminding myself that ‘perfect’ doesn’t exist.

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What does a typical day look like for you as a student?

I made the decision to leave my full-time job so I could dedicate my time fully to career transition. So my day was pretty simple:

After I wake up, I usually check the various UX communities I’m part of to read some interesting discussions as well as checking out some useful learning resources.

After that, I would spend my day doing lots of reading, watching UX-related videos, networking, and working on my Memorisely projects.

When I need a break, I would usually go for a stroll near my house or head to the gym and break a sweat!

What is your current workspace setup?

I just work with my laptop and an external monitor, as well as iPad for notetaking.

(Yes, there are backgrounds from my Final Fantasy XIV gameplay)

What are your go-to or "must have" apps?

The app that I have used the longest time is Pocket Cast since 2016! I’ve tried using so man different podcast apps, and none of them has the flexibility to customize like Pocket Casts.

(I also recommends Mind Pump for those who is looking to get into strength training, super good stuff!)

What (digital or physical) product recently blew your socks off?

This is a difficult one! Well, it is not a “product” per say, but recently I’ve been joining working virtual sessions on this platform called Caveday and it really helps boost my productivity. You get to work on your on tasks with a group of people online who are working on their own tasks as well.

What tunes do you listen to while designing?

I like to listen to random video games mixes I found on YouTube. Here’s an example:

Share three pieces of advice for fellow and/or future students?

  1. Always be curious
  2. Everyone’s journey is different, don’t judge your own journey based on other people’s experience
  3. Remember that you have the power to create your own opportunity

Thanks for reading my story!

Taipei 🇹🇼

Kelsy Chou

Memorisely Alumni

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