# A Little Secret of Me

I stopped going to elementary school when I was eleven, and didn’t come back to school until shortly before I enrolled at DVC to take the high school proficiency exam in Japan when I was nineteen. Basically I missed out on the entire middle-high school education.

I did have some tutoring on Mathematics and English but I was a really bad student and never studied myself (I never stopped programming though; I wrote STL-like C library myself and attempted to write HTML/SGML/XML parser multiple times myself; I was accustomed to the idea of finite automate – CS164/CS172 topic – when I was thirteen to fourteen years old). I didn’t even know the equation of unit circle $${x}^{2}+{y}^{2}=1$$, which made me struggle through the software engineering certification exam I took back in 2004. Of course, I had never taken any physics other than to prepare for my high school proficiency exam in a bare four months.

When I went to DVC – a community college in Pleasant Hill, CA – I started my mathematics at Trigonometry because I barely knew algebra. Yup, that’s where I started my journey. Without taking any formal math classes for eight years, I started learning trig at DVC. I then took Pre-Calculus, Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Discrete Mathematics, upper-division Linear Algebra, and upper-division Probability along with four semesters of physics courses.

And where I did I end up? I ended up getting accepted by UCB, UCSC, UCSD, UCLA, UCI, and Cal-Tech as a transfer student and got a kick-ass internship and a full-time job at Google.

So if there is anyone out there who has been out of school for years
and thinking that you’re too behind, etc… then don’t.
**You’re never too old or too behind to catch up**
because you’ve got a pretty solid counterexample right here.