Major: Computer Science (major), Engineering Physics (certificate program), Music Performance (certificate program)
Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin
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Biography: My name is Victor Hua, and I’m currently a rising sophomore at Princeton University studying Computer Science.
As my parents hadn’t attended college and we struggled to stay afloat financially, I found my way through high school with almost no mentorship of any kind. I pursued my biggest passions, fingerstyle guitar and calisthenics, by being self-taught. As I came to the realization that many other first-generation, low-income students in my community were struggling through the same process I’d been through, I worked with a small team to launch Illumna, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit aimed at mentoring underprivileged students in New Jersey and equipping them with important success skills not taught in school. We plan to expand Illumna across the state and, eventually, across the nation.
I’ve recently developed a passion for environmental issues, and participate in research with the Princeton Student Climate Initiative (PSCI) at my school. My career goal is to work for a research team at Google, where I will be able to develop innovative solutions to make social impact, particularly in environmental issues, using computer engineering.