Photo by Andrew Baicker

Hi! I’m Vanessa Sun. I am a maker, programmer, journalist, artist, writer, and more.

This is my story:

A few years ago, all anybody would associate me with was writing, a bright personality, perhaps as someone book smart, sometimes as an artistic person and a historical researcher (I used to compete in an awesome high school history competition called National History Day). I was someone who visited the English and Social Studies teacher’s departments so frequently in high school that I was awarded both department’s senior awards before I graduated. I was a mathlete, but I basically abhorred the sciences.

However, things took a weird turn as I began to attend college. I got interested in law. I stopped writing creatively a lot (I still try to write some poetry), but picked up journalism about chess tournaments and chess news. I am now a freelance chess journalist for a few different publications both online and in print. My art major appeared to become a defining feature. I was certified to direct chess tournaments. I randomly did a humanities research stint at the New York Botanical Garden for a summer (which I loved). Then, I was extremely invested in mathematics. However, it took too much of a toll on my mental health. I got interested in tech, really interested, while also interning for a fashion designer.

What the heck?!

It was clear people assumed I had no focus and could not just choose one interest and stick to it. After all, I literally changed my major SIX times (mentally, not on paper, luckily). That was not the case. The truth was that I found out I was interested in so many things and could not bear to give any of them up. There was no “sacrificing” one of them. I would not equivocate like the rest of society seems to be confined to do, relegating what they love to a “hobby.” I wanted to wake up every day and do something completely different.

I still want to. I am a generalist in a society that constantly forces us to specialize. I have absolutely no idea what the future holds for people like me because all other people seem to think passion always has to give way to practicality. Hopefully, I’m inventing a lifestyle that works for me.

The biggest shock for me, though, was discovering that I was actually interested in technology. This began when I took a Physical Computing class. My sweet and compassionate professor, Andy Doro, taught me a better approach to STEM. I realized that making with electronics was just like another artistic medium. This discovery of a passion for technology led me to believe that perhaps I used to hate science because I did not find the proper way to connect to it. If I had been exposed to physical computing at a young age, maybe in a creative way, I could have found the joy of electronics sooner.

This website is going to be a bit of an amalgamation of my making work. I’m making all the time now, especially given my new Media major.  I have completed a Physical Computing class, which taught me to learn the basics of Arduino, as well as an introductory Computer Science class, and I’m desperate to find out more about what technology has to offer me. I want to learn more about electronics (maybe even up to an electrical engineer’s level), about web design, about computer science and both front end and back end web development, about how to make apps, graphic design, game design, and so much more. I hope to document my artistic and technical work with this website.