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NameGurjit Dhaliwal
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What areas do you specialize in? (ex: Creative writing, web development, finance, activism, etc.)

I specialize in Java programming. I've taking a variety of courses involving Java and learned topics such as arrays, binary trees, and hash maps. I also love to write short narrative type stories, I've written multiple throughout high school but they're not polished to the point where I would show anyone. I'm passionate about activism as well. My temple and I would always go out to Marches or shelters to help out in any way we could. Or we would simply fund raise and donate money.

Talk about a time where you organized/built/created something.

In the 8th grade, I started a sneaker reselling business. It was called sneakerheat or something. I would buy hyped shoes on release day, and then sell them on 3rd party platforms to anyone who would be willing to pay more than retail for them. The idea was sound, it could work. I bought a pair of Nike Prestos when they released with my dad's initial investment, then tried to sell them for profit. But, they weren't hyped apparently. I ended up returning them and shutting down the business.

What is something you've learned related to your specializations, and what are your thoughts on it?

Throughout my career of learning of Java, my teacher taught us to never be satisfied. He would constantly tell us that even though our program works, there's always a way to make it better. You could make a helper method, you could make it more efficient, you can always do something. His lessons imprinted the habit on me to try and make everything I do better. It wasn't limited to coding. I got an A on a math test? I can do better and get that A+.

What are your passions, and how do you engage with them?

My passions are programming, writing and helping people. I engage with them in a variety of ways. I take classes for programming while also learning other languages via self-studying. I practice my skills through Leetcode so I can be the best I can be. Writing is out of my major yet I keep a daily journal where I'll continue a story or simply freestyle a quick poem. Helping people is the simplest one for me. I help my friends with classes at the library until 3 am or just be there for them.

Have you applied to Startup Shell before?No
Why do you want to join Startup Shell?

For the network and being a part of it. My big startup idea currently is creating a software to rival Windows and Mac with a charity branch. As I'm a first generation student, my parents don't have the ties or resources to really help me make that happen. Being a part of Startup Shell would initially give me the opportunity to gain experience, then potentially give me the resources to make my dream happen.

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