I’ve never been one to go for a simple

blackbox solution if I couldn’t overcomplicate things by doing it myself.

As some people know, I tend to bite off more than I can chew, to run before I can walk, and similar metaphors — basically, I’m too foolish to be afraid of a challenge that’s over my head. This tendency sometimes gets me into trouble, but on the flip side, I’ll never get bored with learning new things! Another corollary is that I like to wear various hats:

I started by learning techniques from online tutorials, but I really tackled the learning curve while working at the Mighty Engine (formerly Osiris Group), a marketing firm in Philly. (IE6 was the bane of my existence there.) I began with some really helpful books and lots of feedback from the senior web developer. Now, as a freelance developer, I often conduct my web experiments on this site =)
My real job is being a medical student at Penn. Some family issues led me to step off the path for a while, and I realized how demanding it is and how institutionalized I was. That said, I came to terms with who I am and what I want in life, which led me back to medicine. I don’t think I could have figured out any of that without my Penn family.
Missing my high school show choir and trying to cure myself of stage fright/medical student presentation anxiety, I took a plunge into musical theatre. I had always thought that the only people who did this kind of thing were professionals who had been doing it all their lives; I didn’t know it was possible to do musicals as a hobby. Now, theatre and performing arts are a part of my life.

Sometimes I wish my interests were more narrow and aligned so that my life wouldn’t be so complicated, but I’ve learned that I must maintain some sort of creative outlet lest I go positively bonkers. Then again, my complicated life sometimes drives me bonkers, too. And really, life is short. So what is there to do but fasten my seatbelt and enjoy the ride!