Lillie's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Team T.B.D.

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Armonk, NY

LILLIE NG

IT Architect
IBM

“There's a whole world out there, and there's just so much you can do in so many different ways. But keep learning, keep learning to adapt, and be happy-it's really important to be happy.”

INTERESTS:

Numbers Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Education Experience Failure Hard Work Opportunity Passion Success Transitions Individualism Planning Pressure Self-Reflection

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

adapting, challenge, college major, computer science, geometry, happiness, helping others, information, interest, learning, math, not knowing, perspective, practical, protractor, science, technology, try things, trying new things, working with others

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Originally thought about going into the humanities, but knew she was good at math; thought computer science could be her minor.
  • As she started exploring other classes, she realized that her talents and interest in art history could augment her computer science skills.
  • Decided to make computer science her major, but kept incorporating her other interests, like French language and government classes.
  • Says the skills you learn while studying science and math transfer over into every profession imaginable.
  • Believes that the key to finding something you love is to just try everything, even things you're not good at.
  • Says you get something out of anything you try, whether it's a new skill or just a learning experience.
  • Thinks that in today's economy, with its rapid pace of change, the key is to learn how to keep learning and adapting.
  • Says a good way to gauge if something is a passion is by taking a break from it; if your thoughts keep wandering back to it, it's a passion.

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