As I am closing out my day reading a book loaned to me by an operating systems maestro, I couldn’t help but reflect on the most incredible year of my life. Late 2017, I decided to take a semester off from my graduate studies to help my father run his bakery/food distribution businesses. I also decided to start up a new keto-friendly, low-carb product line within the business. After 4 months of 4AM mornings and late nights, I confronted the fact that the food industry simply isn’t for me. Nonetheless, I came out of this experience much more in tune with people and their emotions, due to the highly interactive nature of consumer-focused businesses. I also became more in touch with my culture, as my primary points of interaction were with people of Armenian origin. I learned things in this endeavor that I couldn’t have anywhere else.
Before the summer, I was presented with an opportunity to intern as a software engineer at The Aerospace Corporation. I saw this as a reason to resume my studies and pursue the profession and field that I love. Halfway through my internship, I was offered a full-time position upon graduating with my master’s degree in May 2019. I accepted the offer due to the incredible amounts of deep, technical knowledge that I get to absorb on a daily basis. So far, I have only positive things to say about my position at Aerospace, and I am happy to be accelerating towards mastery of software engineering.
Throughout the year I was presented with hundreds of opportunities to change course and try new things. I’m glad to know that these are available for me, and I’m honored that great minds are considering me for collaboration. In fact, I am deeply grateful for the people that have guided me and given me opportunities to succeed. I feel as though I am doing what I’m meant to do, perhaps for the first time in my life, and this is partly due to my luck of meeting the right people at the right time.
I am glad to say that I am now a beachside resident of the quickly changing and beautiful city of Long Beach. I plan on taking part in the city’s innovation efforts, and I plan on communicating my knowledge frequently with other engineers in the community. I will also be rejoining Checkmat HQ to pursue my BJJ side gig. Training there inspires me to be the best in all other facets of my life.
Going forward, I am exciting to see how 2019 will unfold. I will be graduating with my master’s degree and I will be climbing Mt. Ararat. That is all I know for sure. The remaining 363 days are up for grabs, and from my experience, life is meaningless without the mysteries that manifest themselves throughout the progression of time.