Lila French

Filmmaker/Actress

Lila's More In-Depth Bio

In high school, I developed an interest in math, which quickly evolved into an obsession. I took graduate-level courses at the local university and read math papers and books on number theory. It was fascinating to me — an entire universe built on natural numbers.

That interest led me to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which was exciting and something I didn't take for granted. While there, occasionally, while crossing the sidewalk in front of the big dome, I'd look up and feel awestruck to be at the world's best engineering school and proud that my hard work had paid off.

It was challenging—managing the academic load, along with feelings of mediocrity and finding one's place—but I made it through. I graduated with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer Science in four years and was an accomplished member of the Women's Track & Field Team, setting school records in the pole vault and heptathlon.

And, more importantly, I left MIT with time management skills and bravery in the face of daunting tasks, which have proven invaluable in the both the film industry and life in general. (I also acquired the highly underrated ability to take a deep, refreshing nap in the middle of the day in any number of places.)

 

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