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!
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!
This opportunity that I’ve gotten through Hacker Fellows led me to change my opinions about the startup culture in Michigan. I’ve met some great people and I’m working at a great company. I’m looking forward to the next couple of months and am excited for the opportunities that I will have.
We are now beginning to turn designs into a reality and I can already tell I’m going to be learning a ton from this experience. There’s a lot I didn’t know previously about production level code that will be invaluable for future jobs and personal projects. Especially if I ever want to create my own startup!
We would call Wayne State University’s campus home and Invest Detroit Ventures’ office space our workplace for the coming week, but so much more was in store for the seven days ahead than I ever could have imagined…It is these moments I would like to write about!