A self-taught developer currently attending Startup Institute's web development track, I like to think of myself as a complete interdisciplinarian.
Officially a double major in English and Clinical Psychology from Tufts University's Class of 2013, I've dabbled in the creative arts, social sciences, physical sciences, and most recently, the computer sciences. I'm driven as much by curiosity as I am self-improvement, and I'm eager to establish my footing within the Boston startup community.
What skills do you bring to a project team?
Although I've experimented with anything I've been able to wrap my head around, I'm fond of visual, front-end web development. I'm most familiar with HTML/CSS and Ruby on Rails, but I'm more than flexible in adapting to whatever framework is required of me by my team.
Coupled with complementary coursework in analytical statistics and industrial/organizational psychology, it's my aspiration to create and optimize for the ultimate client-friendly experience.
Why do you want to work at a startup?
For me, the startup community is a true community, and not just another workplace. It's simultaneously authentic, turbulent, and inspiring—i.e. all the qualities that I see as valuable to real personal and professional growth.
Regardless of where I end up, I know I won't have to ever worry about ending my days unstimulated or worrying about having already reached a point of professional stagnation, and that's priceless.
What would be an ideal position for you?
The goal for anything, and not just the workplace, is for me to feel challenged. Growing up as a gamer, it was easy to fall into the habit of seeing the world in terms of puzzles.
My favorites were always the ones that pushed me to think outside of the box, to foster my immature sense of ingenuity. In that vein, I look forward to any position that demands just a bit more from me, because that's the position that'll entice the full foray of my talent and focus.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I'm always advising others to take proper care of themselves, so I would be a hypocrite to not do the same.
Outside of coding side projects, you can generally find me biking around Boston, putting up (basketball) shots, reading (all genres welcome), writing (for either Bleacher Report or my personal blog), attending an indie music concert, or simply striving for a personal record in Web Sudoku.