When I was a teenager, I spent my time reading books and writing short stories. I had an online journal that had an option to edit the HTML; this is when I was first introduced to web development. I taught myself neat tricks to change the appearance of my landing page. I didn’t know what web development was then, but I remember thinking whatever this was, they were lucky to have that kind of job. I joined the military right out of high school and served 8 years. I then worked various customer service jobs, my favorite being a leasing agent for apartments, because of the interactions with residents. I knew I wanted more out of my career, and so my search began at a local community college using my GI Bill. Tapping into what I really wanted out of life, I discovered I am lucky to be the person to edit what goes on behind web pages.
Q: Why did you decide to come to Centriq?
A: I was attending JCCC in their web development and digital media program. The more I learned the more it interested me. I learned front-end development there, but I wanted to learn even more. I knew that Centriq would propel me in the direction I wanted to go.
Q: What class has been your favorite so far?
A: When we learned advanced MVC things began coming together for me. Learning how everything comes together created the “big picture” moment for me. The “ah ha!” moment was so rewarding.
Q: What do you hope to do after Centriq?
A: I have interests in giving back to the community by mentoring and volunteering. I was not taught web development in school, and I would love to give that opportunity to kids. Also, I want to be a part of a company that challenges me and helps me grow as a junior developer.
Q: What other hobbies and interests do you have?
A: When I am not doing course-related work, I have been helping a friend with her baking business. Talking through her ideas and being a creative backboard for her is extremely rewarding. I love cooking and I am a creative person so thinking about how flavor profiles work together is fun. I also like working out, hiking, biking, video games, and DIY home improvement!