I majored in Communication & Media Studies at the University of Michigan, with a focus on marketing and cognitive science. After a variety of internships and jobs around Michigan and New York City, my career was going firmly in the direction of social media marketing – until I attended a beginner's coding workshop in Detroit one weekend in the spring of 2014.
The workshop instructor mentioned that the company she worked for had started a new apprentice program, where they would train people with no background in programming to become full-time developers within 3 months. Intrigued, I applied to the program and was ultimately one of 10 people selected from over 250 applicants to become an apprentice.
Over the next three years, I evolved from a junior mobile developer, to a QA engineer, to a hybrid business analyst/project manager. The opportunity to build and ship software in a variety of roles was an invaluable experience, but something was missing: I always worked closely with the UX and UI designers on my teams, and I realized that I was more passionate about their work than my own. I reached out to a senior designer at my company for mentorship, and after working on a couple personal projects, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in design.
Not long after, I relocated to San Diego and became a full-time student with Designlab's UX Academy, where I have been building my skills in user research, usability, information architecture, interaction design, testing, visual design, and more.
I push myself as a designer every day, and I'm excited to see where this path will take me!
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