Timothy Goh

Bio:

I’m a senior from Brown majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Entrepreneurship. I was born in Houston, grew up in Austin, and now I’m back here in Houston for college. I’m planning on going into the industry after graduating (maybe getting a Master’s first), looking for a small-ish company.

L’s Taken

“Thank you for taking the time to apply, but…”

  • Facebook (x4, always instantly rejected at the resume stage even with referrals)
  • Google
  • Apple
  • KP Fellows
  • Kroger (yes, the grocery store)
  • Rice OIT
  • Asana
  • Airbnb
  • Jane Street
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Verakada
  • Credera
  • Plaid
  • MongoDB
  • Tesla
  • Schlumberger
  • Capital One
  • Blizzard
  • Lyft
  • Many many more…

Regrets I have

  • Skipping too many classes
  • Not utilizing more of Rice’s resources. College is full of interesting experiences and opportunities for growth

Embarrassing moments

  • I did an onsite (in-person) interview in the precovid times. In 2 out of the first 3 rounds I wasn’t able to make any progress on my interview problem. The first interviewer kept simplifying the problem, but I wasn’t able to even print the input. The second interviewer gave up after 10 mins and scrolled on his phone for the remainder of the hour while I struggled in front of the computer. I was cut at lunchtime and didn’t get to do the afternoon round of interviews.
  • Getting hired by a Rice business professor to work on their startup then getting fired the next week.
  • Leaving my COMP 330 AWS cluster up overnight and waking up to a $1200 credit card bill.
  • Falling off my skateboard with a line of cars behind me in the inner loop.

Things I swore I’d finish but never did

  • Founding a startup
  • Learning Rust
  • Coding a personal website
  • Making a poker app
  • Reviving my YouTube channel
  • Many more side projects

Everyday L’s

  • Holding office hours and realizing the students know more than me.
  • Leaving (many) test questions blank.
  • Oversleeping morning gym sessions.
  • Fixing bugs for a comp project due in 30 mins and i still haven’t written the README.
  • Profs stopping lecture to reprimand me for walking in late and not accepting the excuse “Brown is far”.

On the Bright Side

Memories made when I wasn’t studying/working

  • Late night food runs
  • Study rooms where no studying happens
  • Spontaneous trips
  • Trolling at hackathons
  • Playing league in the commons

Favorite Rice traditions

  • BEERBIKE
  • RPC events
  • “why are you here”
  • North servery wok
  • Napping on the 180 rock in the engineering quad

Things I’ve learned that will still matter in 10 years

  • People, relationships, and character matter much more than code, stuff, and grades.
  • Always keep an open mind.
  • Mistakes aren’t a waste if we learn something.

Things I’m proud of that aren’t on my resume

  • Being an instant ramen connoisseur (very handy when servery food just isn’t it)
  • Serving on the HackRice food committee so I could cater Taco Bell

Things I’ve done that have pushed me out of my comfort zone

  • Helping set up Rice Design
  • Reaching out to people for coffee chats
  • Being a TA
  • Mentoring others

Obstacles overcome

  • Recruiting :((( It’s brutal, it really is.

Things I’m looking forward to

  • Living outside of Texas
  • Adulting
  • Being a code monkey

Life changing advice I’ve received

  • GPA really doesn’t matter too much for CS majors, it’s better to spend time on internships/side projects/etc.
  • Always code as if the person who has to maintain your code is a violent psychopath who knows where you live.
  • There will always be someone better than you, so focus on understanding yourself and performing to the best of your abilities.
  • Working at a FAANG company isn’t everything.
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously.

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