Hi! I'm Avni Gupta (she/her). I'm a high school student who loves to learn, be it in school or out. I'm especially passionate about coding and enjoy both web and app development.
I love everything about coding from web development to cybersecurity to quantum computing, and am always learning new languages and aspects of it. While learning languages, I'll often get so excited that I'll start new projects without even finishing the course.
Psychology isn't something you'd expect someone like me to fall in love with, but oh well. I love understanding people's motivations, especially what drives some to commit crime.
I've been taking Tang Soo Do since the age of four, ever since I completely rejected a trial ballet class. Since then, I've achieved my second-degree black belt. Karate has always been something to turn to when I'm feeling stressed - it never fails to cheer me up, and it's quite therapeutic at times.
My taste in music is 70s-80s with the occasional 2010s song thrown in. Favorites include "Piano Man," "Blackbird," "Cat's in the Cradle," "Hey, Soul Sister," and "Hotel California," about which I have actually written an analysis paragraph.
I love taking pictures of anything, although most of them are of nature. Interestingly, though, my talent for photography only extends to mobile phones. You can see some of my best photos here.
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes" - Oscar Wilde
July 2019-August 2019
I took High School Biology for my first session at CTY.
I took Yale's Introduction to Psychology course online at Coursera, mostly because my friend was taking it and I thought it might be interesting. It was. This course helped me to discover a genuine interest in psychology, particularly the psychology behind peoples' motivations, and inspired me to continue learning the workings of the mind.
I am currently in high school, where I am a rising sophomore. I enjoy math, English, history, and science, and am part of the debate team and marching band.
I was honored to be one of the first high schoolers in the world to learn quantum computing in this virtual crash course summer camp taught by MIT grad students. The camp covered the basics of quantum mechanics, computing, and algorithms, with a special emphasis on quantum cryptography, on which we did several labs, including a replication of the BB84 system of quantum key distribution. Quantum reasearchers from IBM, MIT, and Google, including the inventor of Quantum Chess, held panels as well. Taking this course was truly an amazing opportunity, and opened a whole new world for me.
During summer 2020, I took a virtual cybersecurity camp at Tenessee Tech, which exposed me to the very basics of cybersecurity - especially CTFs.
Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. - John Muir
My brother, along with millions of children nationwide, has severe food allergies. Thus, reading the ingredient labels on food products is a must. These labels, however, are tiny and dense enough that it's a struggle to read them. To remedy this, I created the Food Allergy Scanner. By using this app to scan products' barcodes, users can find out if the product contains their allergens in an instant, relieving the stress of grocery shopping. This app was made with MIT App Inventor and Thunkable, and is currently availible on Google Play.
This is my blog, which you can find here. I created this for a history project, but decided to keep it running. It mainly discusses current events, although there is the occasional oddball thrown in.