I'm a Data Scientist in Love with Fashion and Beauty
I remember the comments from family friends when I got into MIT: "Are you sure you don't want to go to a liberal arts school? MIT is a really technical place." I was the theatre kid, the poet, the one who drew fantastical dresses in the margins of her notebooks and volunteered at the local costume shop, but I had fallen in love with the irreverence of MIT's nerdy populace and knew I wanted to work in a technical field (even if I wasn't sure which one yet). Even though I might had doodled my way through math class, I knew I was good at it and that that was something uncommon.
While at MIT, I explored various fields with varying levels of honesty to my artistic roots: computer science, economics, and finally my second love, data science. I loved the way data science could be use to tell stories out of the opaque world numbers, giving breath to something that would otherwise be lifeless.
Part of what I love so much about data science is that it is more a toolkit than a field in and of itself. Just as needle, thread, and cloth can become a gown or a suit, a handful of the same machine learning methods can tell you about art or finance. With discovering data science, I discovered a way to use my natural penchant for numbers and analysis to push the fields I loved forward.