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Featured Developer Student for August 2018

Featured Developer Student for August 2018

August 3, 2018 in Featured Students / by Elizabeth Granada


Malcolm Lee Centriq Feature Student

As early as 11 years old, I had been building my own computers and diving into the evolving internet as a hobby. I studied Psychology and Mathematics at the University of Kansas and initially started work as a Technical Support Specialist and had moved on to Software Testing but couldn’t stomach the notion of cubical life at such a young age. I have worked as an Arborist until I had broken my leg in a skateboarding injury in March of 2017. During recovery I picked up Mountain Biking as a low impact form of rehabilitation and have traveled across the US from KC to Oregon exploring trails along the way and back.


Q: Why did you decide to come to Centriq?
A: After my leg injury in 2017, I had used the downtime during recovery to study JavaScript in detail and really get a grasp of Object Oriented Programming. With no formal experience in the industry as a Developer, I had reached out to friends who had gone through the developer course at Centriq. They responded with shining words about the program and their experiences through to employment. Considering that I had already taken the time to invest myself into JavaScript, the notion of taking that momentum and using Centriq as a launch pad for my career as a Web Developer was a no-brainer.

Q: What class has been your favorite so far?
A: Learning C# right out of the gate was really enticing to me. Approaching Object Oriented Programming is daunting because there are so many different languages to choose from. Trying to decide which language to invest yourself in is difficult, especially as an outsider. Learning one of the C languages was definitely important to me, and learning C# as part of the .NET stack was a welcoming challenge.

Q: What do you hope to do after Centriq?
A: A career in web development is something I had always entertained and kept on the back-burner.  Now, being 110% invested in it, I’d like to work supporting the STEM industry and play a role in developing the future of humanity.

Q: What other hobbies and interests do you have?
A: Mountain biking has become a new hobby as it combines my inspirations found in natural environments with extreme sports. I still enjoy skateboarding and snowboarding. Playing music and going to concerts are a big part of my life, as well as drawing and digital forms of artwork. Video games, done properly, are great works of art in my eyes.