I was a member of the Recurse Center’s Spring 1 2020 batch; like all Recursers, I never graduated.
The Recurse Center—colloquially known as RC—is a self-directed academic retreat centered around programming (but certainly not limited to it). Everyone I met at RC was smart, nice, and thoughtful; I believe RC is one of the best communities in the world. It’s completely free to attend, so if you’re interested, please apply.
While I was at RC, I built Shynet, a17t, and dozens of other smaller projects. I studied lossless compression, digital signal processing, cryptography, and whatever else piqued my interest on a given day.