My Father, A Dynamic Man

June 21st, 2015 - by - Uncategorized

Dad was a dynamic man, a man of few words who always managed to teach so much. He was a man of great intellect—a genius, or gen-yi, as our family would say. I always knew this about my dad, but that aspect never defined him. When people asked what my father did for a living, I had a routine answer. I was careful to delicately and slowly allow all of the pieces to surface. “He’s a professor.” “Oh. Well, what does he teach?” “Computer science.” “Really?! Where?” “Um, at Yale.” —Awkward silence— On paper and without knowing him, my father’s […]



Dear Failure, Thank You.

November 15th, 2014 - by - Uncategorized

Dear Failure, Thank you. Thank you, failure, for giving me the opportunity to truly find my potential. Thank you for exposing me to my most vulnerable side, so that I could make it stronger.  Thank you for breaking me down so I could build myself up. Thanks for providing that different angle of light which makes ordinary things seem special and more beautiful, like the golden hour, when the sun begins to set, in its sad and predictable way, offering one last moment of brilliance before all goes dark. Failure, thank you. For tearing my heart out, for making me […]


Strike A Balance

September 18th, 2014 - by - Uncategorized
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Life is all about balance.  In the sport of halfpipe skiing, quite literally, balance is the key to success. Finding center on my skis not only makes what I intend to do possible, it allows me to carry my speed and momentum through crushing G-forces allowing me to explode out of the top of the halfpipe with efficiency, going as big as possible.  Balance is the only way to say upright regardless of what we are pursuing. Early on in my career, my sport demanded that I prioritize: ski competitions over family events, US Ski Association meetings over prom, and […]


Dare To Lead

June 21st, 2014 - by - Uncategorized

Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking at the Dare 2 Lead Conference at Murray High School in Salt Lake City.  Dare 2 Lead is a state-wide leadership conference serving Utah’s High School students aimed toward empowering students to become a force for good in their schools and in the world. Each High School nominated 2 students to attend the conference. Below is my speech minus the part where I introduce myself.  If you’d like to know more about me, visit the “about” page above. Everything we set out to do in life comes from either seeking happiness: a sense of accomplishment, achievement […]



March 16th, 2014 - by - Uncategorized
The approach to North Vancouver on the SeaBus.

I sit at the end of a row of cold plastic seats, high backs, thin metal arms, keeping me upright as I await the SeaBus to take me across the Harbour. The sky is grey and overcast, frigid moisture hangs in the air like a weight trying to suppress one’s will.  But such heaviness cannot dampen me.  I have found an ease and flow in life lately that seems to allow me to move freely from one moment, one opportunity, to the next- a current that carries me up around the bend.  A few months ago when I tore my ACL, […]