What is your professional background?
Other than an internship with a company called Firma8, my professional background is mostly manual labor centered jobs. I was a pool technician for several years during the summers, I worked in a kitchen for one year, I deep-cleaned carpets for two years. Stuff like that. Greater Sum is my first job since graduating from college, and it is wonderful to be able to program professionally!
What is your previous coding experience?
I first started programming in college as a physics major. But before long I changed to a Computer Science major because I enjoyed programming much more. Since then, I have had a one year internship with a company called Firma8 writing web-crawlers and data-parsers, and worked on a lot of little side projects for fun or to help my friends.
What excites you about the prospect of becoming a developer?
I love creating things. I enjoy inventing things and then watching them come to life. Even though being a developer does not always mean developing intrinsically interesting things, the process of developing, designing, and creating is one that I sincerely enjoy. It is also fun to be able to work as part of a team and see a project grow far beyond and better than if only one person was working on it. I also enjoy learning, and part of being a good developer is continually learning new things.
What excites you about the Greater Sum Apprenticeship Program?
Pretty much everything actually. The focus on learning is amazing and something that you really don’t find anywhere else. Focusing on clean, readable code is also great. You can actually feel good about the code you write, and even go back months later and have a better understanding of it.
What do you do for fun, other than code?
This is a fun one! I enjoy board games, especially the more complex ones. I enjoy playing music (I play the Guitar, Didgeridoo, and a little bit of Ocarina). More recently I have gotten into rock climbing, specifically bouldering. I also play video games of varying genres, and enjoy some occasional pyrography.