I’m a born and raised Californian from the Central Coast! I went to school in San Diego and have been based in the Bay Area for the last 5 years. I’ve done stints in both the heart of Silicon Valley and San Francisco.
Baker Beach in the Presidio of San Francisco
I’m already a seasoned career changer and this pivot into UX/UI design will be my second professional adventure into the unknown. As a kid, I dreamed of becoming an engineer or researcher because of my love for outer space. So I majored in physics and worked for an astrophysics lab and aerospace start-up throughout college. Despite working on some insane projects, I didn’t experience the passion or happiness I always imagined when I finally “made it”. But I was lucky that my working experience exposed me patent law. When I graduated, I took a chance and started a position as an entry level patent practitioner.
I hustled day in and out to learn the nuances of patent law. In two years, I was promoted and by four years, I was preparing to apply for law school. Despite my success and deep expertise, something felt off. After a lot of introspection, I concluded that I was choosing law school because it was the next logical decision; not because it the right decision for me. Ultimately, I decided that I wanted to step away from patent law entirely.
The decision to leave a career that I was previously invested in has been immensely scary. This job has been the only thing I’ve ever known since graduating and I had zero clue what I wanted to do next. The uncertainty from this dilemma (and other personal things I was struggling with) further fueled the severity of my anxiety and depression. It was then that I started my therapy journey with the support of my family and friends.
I was lucky to access a therapist when I needed it the most. However, there are still so many cultural and physical barriers that prevent people from getting help from a mental health professional. When the pandemic hit, the importance of mental health began gaining the mainstream traction it always deserved. It was finally being recognized as just as important as one’s physical health.
During this time, I became fascinated by health tech companies, like Ginger, BetterHelp, Talkspace, and Lyra Health; not to mention the dozens of start-ups who have emerged since 2020. These companies have built and implemented on-demand therapy platforms for web and mobile apps which have played a critical role in supporting people’s mental health during these unprecedented times. The existing infrastructure for mental health services has been turned upside down, resulting in lower treatment prices to serve a larger population. This shift in healthcare inspired me to pursue UX/UI design. After the Memorisely bootcamp, I aspire to become a product designer that develops and builds digital solutions that propel healthcare innovation and democratize access to care.
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I am enrolled in the UX/UI Design Bootcamp. For the last eight months, I have tried the self teaching method but have lacked the structure, accountability, mentorship, and network to jumpstart my career switch. A few months ago, I randomly came across Zander’s supa fast Figma videos on my Instagram reels. I started following his personal account and from there learned about Memorisely. After waffling back and forth for a couple of months, I finally decided the time is now and signed up!
I’ll be marching through bootcamp while continuing to balance my 9-5 job. So most of my learning and designing will take place in the evenings.
My latest routine starts off each day with a 45 minute morning walk to get the blood flowing and some sunshine. I’m rarely a breakfast person but will religiously brew a single cup of coffee; black if its hot or lightly sweetened with cream if iced. Shout out to my Barratza Encore, IYKYK. I’m grateful to be mostly be working from home, with the exception of a couple days of the week, so I quickly get ready, do my skincare, and hop online.
At 11:00, I take my first dedicated stretching break for my posture and shortly thereafter will eat lunch. I’m basic and am obsessed with making all kinds of salads.
Here’s my take on a steak cobb salad that was straight GAS
If I’m feeling sluggish in the afternoon, I’ll go for a walk while calling my family on the phone to catch up. Then at 15:00, I take my second stretching break and usually wrap up work around 16:00-17:00. This aligns great with the live class sessions I’m enrolled in which will be from 17:00-19:00PST. On non-class days, I plan to still dedicate this time block to my UX/UI studies and will spend the rest of the evening to relax before bed.
I’m actually in the process of moving as I write this. So my current workspace setup is non-existent 😅 But regardless of my workspace setup or where I am working, I can guarantee that I will have a million post-it notes scattered around me with random thoughts, grocery lists, and to-do’s.
The AeroPress is a product that I use once a day! This compact gadget is a coffee brewing system that is robust, easy to use, and produces a great cup of coffee. It has even gathered such a ride or die fanbase of coffee professionals and enthusiasts that an entire global coffee-making competition, the World AeroPress Championship, has been dedicated to baristas who believe that their brewing technique and recipe produces the best cup of coffee.
Photo by Sarah Kobos
What I love about it:
Finding new music lately has been a drag so I’ve been listening to a lot of greatest hits compilation albums and instrumentals.
But here’s my favorite playlist I’ve made this year to date