Hey! I'm Helena, a former Duke student and current startup founder. I left Duke half way through my sophomore year to move to the Bay Area and join a startup. Late 2019, I left and started Glimpse with another Duke student (Brian Li). Currently we live together with 5 other founders in 1-month Airbnbs around the California coast.
"Thank you for applying but..."
Thing I thought I'd finish but never did
99% of my medium articles
Everyday L's of life
On the Bright Side
Memories I made when I wasn't working/studying
Thing I've learned that will still matter in 10 years
Life is too short to spend time on something you do not care about
TV shows, movies, and books I've enjoyed
The Kite Runner
Things I'm proud of that you won't see on my resume
Quirks that make me who I am
Small joys in my life
Watching the sunrise every morning
Making pourover coffee
Sharing songs on spotify
Slowly convincing housemates to become vegan
Facetiming my dogs
Obstacles I have overcome
Thing I've done that pushed me out of my comfort zone
I try to constantly put myself out of my comfort zone. I learnt at Duke that by maximizing discomfort, I could maximize personal growth. For example, I took a comedy class (although I'm terrified of speaking in front of a crowd), and constantly volunteer for speaking opportunities (to get over this said fear).
Failures that seemed like the end of the world back then but don't matter in hindsight
Leaps of Faith
Dropping out of Duke
Quitting my job to build a startup full-time
Life event that has made me stronger
Fracturing my back was more of a mental struggle than physical. It prevented me from doing any of my former stress relievers (running, snowboarding, etc.).