My name is Andrew Guy, and I am currently a freshman at the University of Washington. I am currently in the pre-engineering program, but hope to graduate with a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics. I can't emphasize enough how crazy I am when it comes to space exploration I loved to watch all the shuttle launches since Junior year in high school, I applied for one of the prestigious internships at SpaceX, (That didn't turn out too well) I have always loved to learn and create, and Astronautics is the outlet that I am both interested in, passionate about, and want to be a part of. I'm hoping my time in college will allow me to not only advance my skills in and passion for Astronautics, but also give me the broader tools to succeed as an adult in the world.
When I was in elementary school, I wanted nothing more than to make video games. As I grew, this desire lead me to learn computer programming. Unfortunately, I found out that actual coding wasn't and isn't really one of my strengths. Coding is like writing, but if you put a comma in the wrong place in an essay, the entire thing does not crash. It was some time in my Sophomore or Junior year of high school that I first got interested in space. It was right toward the end of the Shuttle's launches, and I remember thinking how awesome and meaningful it would be to be a part of the next phase in humans space exploration. Slowly but surely I learned more and decided it was the field for me.
To really understand how I process thought, you have to understand how I operated as a child. The only toys I ever really played with were my Erector set and Legos. Beyond that, for fun I built stuff out of everything that I could. I made a light bulb out of a glass and a piece of steel wool, I used about three rolls of Scotch tape a day holding together my various contraptions. (I now strictly use duct tape) Even as a middle student, I would waste my time observing the wave patterns of an FM radio on an oscilloscope. Don't get me wrong, I still wasted plenty of my time playing video games, like any sane boy from my generation.
In case you haven't picked up on it by now, humor is a huge aspect of my life. I find that by interjecting humor whenever I can makes everyone, including myself, feel better. It is just part of my nature to try and take the lighter side of things, like for instance, the impending deadline of this portfolio.
I'll be frank, I enjoy writing, but it has never been a strong suit of mine. I tend to get too caught up in the details or technical bits or spend too much time on things that are too broad to do anything with. I also tend to ramble, did you notice? My development in writing has been an awkward, rocky climb as I try to figure out ways to better communicate in the English language. You don't want to see my Japanese, there was a good reason I got a 1 on that AP test. So when I do take writing classes, such as the mandatory high school Language arts courses and the two AP L.A. classes I took, I tended to try and learn them as best as I knew how, as if they were similar to math and physics. For me, it makes much more sense to have an equation that has set variables and operations that can be performed on it. Stepping forward a year to this class, I attempted once again to understand English in more mathematical concepts. In general, I am a very conceptual person, so playing around with ideas and such in my head is a very familiar practice. My trouble with English tends to lie with, and as I write this the mental cogs are turning in my head trying to figure out how to phrase this, figuring out how to voice what I am trying to say. So one of the biggest things I strive for in every English class I take is to get better at figuring out how to say what I want to say in a clear, coherent manner.
So, without further ado, on we go to what I learned this quarter in English 111: my Portfolio.