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A memoir of my transition to tech. Jump to the end for a breakdown of my timeline and total costs.

When I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in May of 2015, I had no real career prospects. Truth be told, I struggled for the first half of college deciding what major to pursue and eventually settled on biology. I knew the only way I’d make a living in that field was with a PhD. So, I embarked down the prescribed academic track, gathering lab and field work experience and hoping to land co-authorships in scientific journal articles. My plan fell apart my senior year of college wen I got cold feet. I was doing voluntary lab work for my mentor…


A visual guide to the Pacific Northwest (PNW) native plants from Swanson’s Rain Garden Plant Selection guide.

Zone 1

DAGGER-LEAF RUSH; Juncus ensifolius

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.

— Kurt Vonnegut, 1974

a monkey typing on a typewriter
a monkey typing on a typewriter
Source: Flickr, Heather Fallows’ “Monkeys with Typewriters” (CC BY 2.0)

Hi, it’s Kairsten. After recently watching Netflix’s show The Midnight Gospel, I decided to start a writing club. In this club, we will exercise our minds by communicating our thoughts and feelings on sundry topics encompassed by the human experience. The working format of the club is as follows:

  1. [0–5 mins] Meet and greet
  2. [6–10 mins] Writing warm-up; stream of consciousness exercise using a…

Kairsten Fay

Software engineer and experimental hobbyist. Github @kairstenfay

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