In early May of 2018, I received an email from Hacker Fellows stating that a space became available for their fellowship program and it would be available to me if I accepted. I was elated. I couldn’t believe that I could have the opportunity to be a part of such a generous and growth-oriented program. That elation lasted for about two days, and then the nerves set in. Then, when I was packing to move to Detroit for 5-weeks to train with the 14 other fellows, the nerves REALLY set in!
From the beginning of the DTX Launch Detroit program at TechTown I was ready to learn more about building a startup and learning what it actually takes to start one. Peerstachio was the startup that my cofounder, Scarlett and I build while in DTX — a platform that helps improve students' grades by connecting underclassmen with trusted upperclassmen, getting them the academic help they need in a responsive way. Long story short ... We won the grand prize at DTX Launch Detroit of $10,000 for Peerstachio!
Whoops … Before I knew it, I spent a few pay checks on sneakers and designer streetwear items from our company’s website. &%*$!!!! Financial missteps aside, I feel extremely lucky to have worked for StockX, and soon … my summer project is getting deployed into production!
Something I learned from Hacker Fellows is that you own your own development, that no one’s going to do it for you. And after attending MIA, I knew the next step was to find another event I would be interested in to start expanding my own network.
Never have I worked at a place where it feels like the people I am working with are more like friends than coworkers; I could not be more thankful that HackerFellows has given me this opportunity to be a part of such an amazing company.
My main takeaway from this experience was to not be afraid to step out of my comfort zone and that one will learn and grow more from doing something that they may not be good at than if they are already awesome at it.
When I'm finished, every integration test will include a performance report on various metrics of our system. We have to keep our stack running at light speed! Another great thing about working for a startup is that there is no excessive management overhead. I absolutely love this. More time coding, and less time in meetings!
With that being said, I couldn’t have gotten this internship opportunity without Hacker Fellows, and for that I will be forever grateful. The whole Hacker Fellows experience has exceeded my expectations, from the first week of the bootcamp up until now.
But the more time I spent programming, the more I realized how much room there was for creativity. That’s what drove me to try to combine my two interests by working with visual technologies. So, I came across Hacker Fellows and Saganworks at just the right time in my life.
If there’s anything to bear in mind as you approach the world and perceive others, it’s to remember that you can do both! You can do things that are seemingly at odds with your identity and have a multiplicity of valuable skills. Someday, I hope that this incongruence will be celebrated...but until then let's shotgun some Tecates and talk about non-deterministic polynomial-time hardness!