Vinny Chakradhar is the newest addition to our star-studded intern line-up at Quizlet. Vinny is a programmer and math whiz, exploring Quizlet's data and analytics so that we can make Quizlet an even more powerful educational tool. Not to mention, he's currently undefeated on the Quizlet ping pong table this summer. Vinny hails from Manalapan, NJ, where he attended High Technology High School, before starting at MIT in 2012.
Quizlet: Who was your most memorable teacher and why?
Vinny: My 7th grade English teacher, Linda Truszkowski. She taught me how to translate my thoughts to spoken and written word, and really shaped the way I perceive the world around me. I’m a math and science guy at heart, but she instilled in me a lasting appreciation for the arts and humanities.
Q: What was one thing you wish you could have changed about high school?
V: My graduating class only had around 60 kids. We’re all really close, but being pretty extroverted, I probably would have enjoyed being part of a larger class. Also, our school was too small to support athletics - I had to play sports at a different high school instead.
Q: Why did you decide to work at Quizlet?
V: I get to develop tools and solve problems that impact the educational experiences of tens of millions of students worldwide, while spending every day with some of the coolest and most dedicated people I’ve ever met. Where else can I do that?
Q: What was your most rewarding learning experience?
V: I worked for the US Department of Energy last year, doing theoretical physics research on a nuclear fusion reactor. Scientists in this field across the world have come together, committed to clean energy, and it was awesome to be a part of that.
Q: What's the most useful thing you've ever learned?
V: Nothing is permanent. For better or worse, everything can be changed. To me, that means that all problems can be solved, but also that existing solutions to problems can go wrong. It’s about always working hard towards meaningful goals and celebrating success along the way, but never getting complacent.
Q: Who's taught you the most?
V: My younger sister, Anjali. She’s compassionate, gentle, and a wonderful girl in general. Sometimes, I get caught up in day-to-day hassles, and she’s a constant reminder to step back and enjoy life.