I wasn’t sure what to title my first blog post from a self-hosted site, whether it is actually a new start in my journey or just the interesting, unexpected flow of life.
I should introduce myself before going any further. I am a medical school dropout who chose to pursue technology with hopes to impact the world on a larger scale. I want to spend my life reaching my potential to help progress humanity to the greatness that humans are capable of.
I am very excited to build things as an entrepreneur and someone who greatly appreciates the inter-connective power of mobile apps and the Internet.
I hope to one day usher in a technology that may set me in the position to disrupt the status quo of injustice and suffering.
I will definitely go into more detail slowly about my journey prior to withdrawing from medical school to pursue my desire for greater impact.
I have returned to school for University of Texas at Austin’s computer science program. This time around having obtained a molecular biology degree already and entered medical school, I am much more seasoned and see with new perspective. I’ve realized after going through undergrad once, was that the education and grades earned weren’t what’s important (unfortunately grades alone is the most important factor for med school admission). In hindsight, I strongly believe the most important tradeoff for attending a university is for its resources of dense, highly motivated individuals, huge funding projects, and connections. It is much alike an accelerator/incubator if valued in that sense. Without a doubt I love the opportunities available for developers/programmers at UT and the strong, growing startup culture of Austin.
I didn’t really like the city at first, but it is definitely growing on me. I dreaded the weather, being sunny, humid, and very hot almost 80% of the year. The startup scene is also a double-edged sword, though amazing for what I want to do such as founding tech startups, the food is really a hit or miss that is much overhyped due to it’s nature of being edgy, modern, and widely endorsed by my young freshmen peers (ironically I guess I’m a freshmen too!!). Due to UT’s policies I have to trudge through filler courses I’ve taken already again such as psychology and marketing. The only classes I’m looking forward to are ones relevant to computer science and excitingly Long Horn Startup hosted by Bob Metcalfe (the man invented ethernet) and Josh Baer (founder of Capital Factory).
The startup seminar was the energy I was looking for when deciding to return to school, especially what I expected UT to offer, a vast network and smart individuals. I am definitely neglecting the irrelevant courses to make time for kindling my curiosity in this new field, especially enjoying solving problem with real tools; most importantly, building things.
Being a little late in the game, I am highly motivated to speed up the learning through personal projects and even start building the technologies I dream of. I’ve grown to love reading books, especially about software development, website development, SEO, marketing, selling, history, and inspiration.
I am currently working on a few iOS projects that I hope to bootstrap to market and/or develop minimum viable products for accelerators/incubators.
In addition to building apps, I wanted to dabble into building my brand, with my personal website and blog as my headquarter. Owning and hosting this blog is a fun learning experience. I have a second domain askyforever.com that I will use to experiment and build using HTML/CSS to what this wonder WordPress powered blog looks and functions like.
I love taking risks and coming back for a computer science degree may seem contradictory, but I am living for others I love as well. So as much as I wanted to go all in, I have to consider their wellbeing as well. I needed a fallback, but entrepreneurship is by far the main game plan.
My name is Andrew Vuong, and I am a developer, entrepreneur, tech lover, and Med School Dropout.
This is only half of the story, my other half is living with me in Austin as well. 🙂
I’m excited to blog and share my exciting experience into the uncertainty of life. Follow my journey here or on:
I’ve taken a leap of faith and have not quite landed yet. I hope I can be of great use to this world when I do.
Also published on Medium.