You might notice it’s been a long time since I’ve touched this blog. It’s upsetting. But I have a good reason: Quizlet.
Quizlet is a site I made for learning vocabulary. It’s a fully-featured web application that lets you enter terms and definitions, then gives you tools to study them. It’s perfect for students learning foreign languages, studying for SATs, learning dates in history, or tackling Quizbowl, Science Bowl, or other academic competitions.
I made this site from scratch, programming and designing it as a one-man team. It took me 450 days to release.
I’ve been so involved with this project that it has profoundly changed me, I think. My social life has without a doubt changed. I don’t particularly enjoy doing much of the stuff that all my friends enjoy doing. I’ve pulled a few friends closer, and distanced myself from many more.
I’m now the president of my very own corporation. It feels weird, being in high school. No one else is doing this. I don’t feel like a kid at all any more. Most of my favorite people to talk to are adults. I don’t want to be elitist or anything, it’s just whom I feel comfortable operating with. It’s also strange to feel like I could totally make it in the world without any of this high school stuff or even college.
Oh, and my 17th birthday recently past. It was my first year without a big party. That was okay. Compared with last year, I’m a little less happy. I don’t think I’m having as much fun as I used to. My old friends have changed a lot, especially the things they do. I’m really just waiting for college I think – to get to a place like MIT where everyone is a nerd and I can talk about code freely. Err, that’s not why I’m waiting for college – I like normal stuff too.
Man, that felt good to blog my thoughts. Maybe I’ll get back into it.