Juan David Campolargo


Not Juan. Not David. Say it with me...Juan David!

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Generation Optimism

TEDx Talks:

“Inspiring the Next Generations to be More Optimistic”

“A Case More Youth Optimism”

Popular Short Essays

How To Invest Using No Money If You’re Under 18

This Question Will Fail You

My Generation Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity: Leverage

Popular Long Essays

My Exploration of The Mystery of the Language

[Annual Review] Updating 2020: Giving Up Optionality

What It’s Like Being a Crazy Motivated High School Kid?

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Not Juan. Not David. Say it with me...Juan David!

Juan David Campolargo was originally born and raised in Venezuela and moved to Chicago when he was 14. When he first arrived in the U.S., he knew no English but mastered it in less than six months. Just a year after learning the language, he started taking college-level and honors classes.

He speaks four languages (Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Chinese), founded the digital marketing agency Optimum Smart, serves on Naperville's Downtown Advisory Committee, and contributes to the nonprofit Panas en Chicago, which provides assistance to Venezuelan immigrants. He is constantly looking for new opportunities to help others.

Juan David was compelled to write a book called Generation Optimism to inspire the next generation to embrace a worldview of optimism. He continues to share his message by creating videos, appearing in interviews, and giving TEDx Talks (both on YouTube).

He's an engineering student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he's obtaining the foundation of specialization in a method of thinking as he wants to have one strong technical skill that he can build on to create companies, projects, and help others.

Besides studying engineering, he's also a biophysics researcher where he researches antimicrobial peptides, which can potentially be used to treat diseases such as cancer, lung diseases, and infections.

Juan David writes essays and a newsletter about the challenges and adventures of being a curiously ambitious teenager through the lenses of optimism, science, philosophy, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

When he's not pursuing an opportunity or a crazy challenge (like building/designing underwater objects), he's playing soccer, running, volunteering at the Museum of Science and Industry, or learning about science at America's particle physics and accelerator laboratory. He's always looking for things to do, challenges to overcome, and successes to achieve.

For more information, you can connect with Juan David on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter at @jdcampolargo. However, The best way to connect with him and follow his progress is by joining his Weekly Memos (JuanDavidCampolargo.com/newsletter) along with hundreds of smart and curious people.