What’s your story?

Alex, APM 2016, Mountain View
“I wanted to be a doctor since I was a child, so choosing my major in college was a no-brainer — I studied neuroscience on a pre-med track. Two years into college, I decided to explore my other passion: technology. My junior year, I took a few computer science classes and interned at Zynga. I was hooked! So I switched majors into computer science and rushed to complete the requirements for my bachelor’s degree. After graduating, I helped start a video game company and later returned to school to finish my master’s degree in computer science.”

Muli, APM 2013, Zurich
“I was born in Israel but my dad’s job, at an Israeli start-up that was growing like crazy, took us to St. Louis. I spent the first 10 years of my life in the U.S. My dad’s company moved all the families who relocated to the same neighborhoodwe used to call it “The Kibbutz”. Everyone was working in tech and it was kind of like living on a tech campus that was part Israeli part American. We all grew up together and used to do dinners and holidays in the neighborhood. Returning to elementary school in Israel was a funny experience of homecoming. I felt at home, but there was a part of me that was different too. St. Louis was the first time I realized what technology companies were and it definitely stuck with me.”

Bryan, APM 2014, Tokyo
“I was born in South Carolina and grew up mostly in Los Angeles with my parents and my younger brother. I grew up playing lots of video games, which I loved. I studied Electrical Engineering in undergrad but felt like I had always been passionate about software, so I ended up doing a Masters and staying in school for a fifth year.”

Jian, APM 2015, Mountain View
“I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Malaysia I grew up in is very different than now; it was very disjointed from the tech industry. My school computer class taught me how to use Microsoft Word, a mouse, the keyboard. I was super interested in computers, but had no idea about computers and tech, since my computer class was all clerical tasks. Actually, the first program I wrote was a game in Powerpoint! I developed a bunch of these games: RPGs, action games, etc.”

Dina, APM 2016, San Bruno
“I grew up outside of Washington, DC and my life had always been surrounded by politics and policy. Both of my parents work in economic policy. Not surprisingly, I developed my own passion for public service and policy that has accompanied me since. I spent a lot of time in college talking to people who were doing work related to policy and public service, from city governments to legal defense.”

Janvi, APM 2015, Mountain View
“I grew up in the Bay Area. Growing up both my parents were working, which shaped my interests. My dad is an entrepreneur and engineer who started a company that makes flex circuit boards. My mom is a plant biologist and research scientist. My mom inspired my interest in biology and science, and I was inspired by how my dad built something from the ground up and loved his work.”

Shreena, APM 2017, Mountain View
“I grew up between Hong Kong and Mumbaitwo huge cities. I was interested in so many different things and wanted to try it all. In high school I realized that the university systems in India and Hong Kong require you to specialize from day one, and I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to study yet. I felt like I needed more freedom to combine all the things I was really interested in, and that drew me to looking at schools in the U.S. with a liberal arts education system. I went into college to study philosophy and ended up with a Computer Science degree.”

Sam, APM 2016, Mountain View
“I grew up in Seattle, right in the middle of the city. Growing up in a city and learning to navigate it has influenced who I am in many ways. Nothing is invisible in a large cityyou’re always aware of a community of different people around you and at some point you become civically engaged. It’s something I’m really grateful for. In high school, I always tried to customize my schedule and do things that were never going to fly with my guidance counselor. I guess it’s not a surprise I ended up with a college experience that included everything from political science and computer science to theatre and comedy.”

What’s your story?

Alex, APM 2016, Mountain View
“I wanted to be a doctor since I was a child, so choosing my major in college was a no-brainer — I studied neuroscience on a pre-med track. Two years into college, I decided to explore my other passion: technology. My junior year, I took a few computer science classes and interned at Zynga. I was hooked! So I switched majors into computer science and rushed to complete the requirements for my bachelor’s degree. After graduating, I helped start a video game company and later returned to school to finish my master’s degree in computer science.”

Muli, APM 2013, Zurich
“I was born in Israel but my dad’s job, at an Israeli start-up that was growing like crazy, took us to St. Louis. I spent the first 10 years of my life in the U.S. My dad’s company moved all the families who relocated to the same neighborhoodwe used to call it “The Kibbutz”. Everyone was working in tech and it was kind of like living on a tech campus that was part Israeli part American. We all grew up together and used to do dinners and holidays in the neighborhood. Returning to elementary school in Israel was a funny experience of homecoming. I felt at home, but there was a part of me that was different too. St. Louis was the first time I realized what technology companies were and it definitely stuck with me.”

Bryan, APM 2014, Tokyo
“I was born in South Carolina and grew up mostly in Los Angeles with my parents and my younger brother. I grew up playing lots of video games, which I loved. I studied Electrical Engineering in undergrad but felt like I had always been passionate about software, so I ended up doing a Masters and staying in school for a fifth year.”

Jian, APM 2015, Mountain View
“I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Malaysia I grew up in is very different than now; it was very disjointed from the tech industry. My school computer class taught me how to use Microsoft Word, a mouse, the keyboard. I was super interested in computers, but had no idea about computers and tech, since my computer class was all clerical tasks. Actually, the first program I wrote was a game in Powerpoint! I developed a bunch of these games: RPGs, action games, etc.”

Dina, APM 2016, San Bruno
“I grew up outside of Washington, DC and my life had always been surrounded by politics and policy. Both of my parents work in economic policy. Not surprisingly, I developed my own passion for public service and policy that has accompanied me since. I spent a lot of time in college talking to people who were doing work related to policy and public service, from city governments to legal defense.”

Janvi, APM 2015, Mountain View
“I grew up in the Bay Area. Growing up both my parents were working, which shaped my interests. My dad is an entrepreneur and engineer who started a company that makes flex circuit boards. My mom is a plant biologist and research scientist. My mom inspired my interest in biology and science, and I was inspired by how my dad built something from the ground up and loved his work.”

Shreena, APM 2017, Mountain View
“I grew up between Hong Kong and Mumbaitwo huge cities. I was interested in so many different things and wanted to try it all. In high school I realized that the university systems in India and Hong Kong require you to specialize from day one, and I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to study yet. I felt like I needed more freedom to combine all the things I was really interested in, and that drew me to looking at schools in the U.S. with a liberal arts education system. I went into college to study philosophy and ended up with a Computer Science degree.”

Sam, APM 2016, Mountain View
“I grew up in Seattle, right in the middle of the city. Growing up in a city and learning to navigate it has influenced who I am in many ways. Nothing is invisible in a large cityyou’re always aware of a community of different people around you and at some point you become civically engaged. It’s something I’m really grateful for. In high school, I always tried to customize my schedule and do things that were never going to fly with my guidance counselor. I guess it’s not a surprise I ended up with a college experience that included everything from political science and computer science to theatre and comedy.”