Meet Genji: StudyBlue Ambassador from Cupertino, California

Meet Genji, born in Alaska and raised in a bilingual household in Cupertino, California.

What school do you attend and what do you love about it?

I am a senior attending Cupertino High School. My favorite aspect of my high school is its overall diversity, whether it be the international body of students or the wide ranges of ideology. With this unique environment, I have learned to bring the best aspects of different cultures and mindsets together in order to solve problems.

What are you majoring in and why did you choose it?

I am planning to major in Information Science after high school. I have decided on this as it blends both the economic and analytical aspects with the technological component: my two passions working together to accomplish an objective.

What is your favorite activity to partake in outside of school?

What I like to spend time on outside of school is consuming stories. I play podcasts from National Public Radio on my iPhone when walking to and from school to get informed about current political and economic situations. When relaxing around the house, I play Freakonomics Radio and Audiobooks. I enjoy books such as Steve Jobs (the biography) and Outliers to play on my computer.

After graduation, where do you see yourself heading?

After graduation, I want to pursue a career in educational technology. Using my technical background, I would like to improve the current method of teaching so that all students not only have a better education, but also enjoy doing it. Ultimately, I would like to participate in the construction of a platform where education is not provided on a standardized curriculum but rather tailored to the student.

On average, how much time would you say you use a mobile device?

Using it from dawn to dusk, I would estimate I use my iPhone 7 hours per day. I listen to podcasts and theEconomist when commuting. I surf Wikipedia during my classes, going deeper into the topics, finding interesting and related information to enhance my understanding. On average, I would say I use my iPhone 4 hours per day for studying, taking notes and researching.

What are your favorite applications you find yourself always using on your mobile device?

a.     Wunderlist – Organizing what I have to do next

b.     Podcasts/ Audible – My portal to enjoying stories

c.     WolframAlpha – To understand the world better

d.     StudyBlue – Store my notes and view other’s

How do you incorporate StudyBlue into your daily/weekly routine?

StudyBlue is my platform for sharing and receiving digital notes and resources. Before using StudyBlue, I attempted to post my notes and works on a blog. However, due to lack of ease and use by other students, I ended it. With StudyBlue’s simple and clean site, I can easily upload and organize my notes, sharing it with my classmates and for future students. Also, this transaction of resources is no longer one way as I now can use other’s works to enhance my own understanding.

What would you consider to be your favorite feature on StudyBlue?

My favorite feature on StudyBlue is uploading multiple notes and organizing them into folders in order to have a clean simple way to view and use my notes.

Do you have any advice for students on how to prepare for exams?

My advice for other students is to develop your own style of learning and study habits as everyone learns in a unique fashion.

Do you love using StudyBlue and want to be featured on our website? We’re looking for students and teachers to share about themselves, who they are, and how they use StudyBlue. We have an amazing group of volunteer Student Ambassadors who receive real-life work experience, swag, gift cards, and lots of love from StudyBlue. If you’re interested in becoming an Ambassador, contact us at ilovesb(at)studyblue(dot)com to be featured or to get more information about our StudyBlue Ambassadors!


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