I'm Kat! I create projects with code and stories, and try to live with intention, compassion, and integrity.
I'm a second-year media studies major at MIT. I'm working in CSAIL's Visualization Group to make an interactive story about coronavirus and data literacy. This January, I'm doing a retreat at the Recurse Center.
At college, I've dabbled in several clubs (currently interfaith dialogue, traditional Asian dance, and Chroma magazine) and have a pipe dream of taking a course in every department even though going to class is often the bane of my existence.
I hope to build and research how new media technologies — from data-driven journalism to digital classrooms — reflect and shape society. I enjoy examining technology phenomena we take for granted, like the origin and power of screenshots.
Startups: Summer 2020, I did product marketing and prototyped Use Cases at Gatsby. Summer 2019, I interned in San Francisco at Repl.it, an online coding platform supporting a community of 2 million makers.
Scicomm: I founded Science and Us, the first science communication organization for and by high schoolers. During my time there, we mostly organized local events, but I view this work as part of a longer-term, anti-disciplinary movement to broaden how people think about their identities, interests, and careers.
When I was 11, I loved Percy Jackson so much I ended up self-studying Modern Greek for 3 years, running a linguistics Tumblr, and teaching myself Latin. Thank you to everyone who's supported me along the way.