TL;DR: Tommy Oswin Williams | 29 | London, UK
My name is Tommy Oswin Williams. I'm 29 years old, British and live in London, UK.
In 2016, I graduated with a First Class BSc in Business & Chinese from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. I spent 2015 living and studying in Beijing, China and am conversationally fluent in Mandarin. It's pretty hard to learn Chinese, so I developed various memory techniques (mnemonics, memory palaces, etc.) to aid my learning and was recently asked to give a lecture to over 100 Chinese teachers from all over Europe.
I wrote my dissertation on the impact of future technologies on the labour market in China. Whilst spending 240hrs researching, reading, writing and reviewing my 10,000 words, I honestly felt as if I was living in the future, further fueling my fascination for technology.
In Summer 2016, I took the major decision to enroll in Makers Academy, London's best coding bootcamp (I'm biased). It was one of the most incredible education experiences of my life, the way coding niggles the logic areas of my brain is like no other challenge and the moments of high-fiving elation on solving a problem are of the highest of highs.
Before trying to get a normal job, I'm spending some of my savings to fund this Year of Projects, in the hope that a I can craft a career out of what I love to do.
A few years ago, I bumped into a graphic of an average life visualised as a series of dots. It was around the same time an old friend suddenly died at a young age which really makes you ponder the potential shortness of life. I thought it might be quite interesting to visualise my life as a series of month dots, if anything just to spur you on to getting on with things. I've updated it as of March 2017 below: