A long time ago I thought I’d study physics. Around the year 2000 I watched “The Matrix” and “Ghost in the Shell”, which got me thinking about the mind and AI. A few years later I went looking for books on those topics and found “On Intelligence” by Jeff Hawkins. Reading this book piqued my interest to such a degree that while I was an undergrad at UCSD I decided to double major in cognitive science and physics. During this time I received my intro to research with the de Sa lab, which provided an invaluable source of mentorship and fueled my curiosity. My fascination and excitement about computational models of cognition only increased, so when it came time to decide where I wanted to spend grad school, the Redwood Center was the clear choice.