The thing that gets me out of bed every morning is solving problems. Plain and simple. I love computer science because it allows me to work on new challenges every day in ways that can positively impact the world. While my time in college has given me opportunities to solve complex problems, I am ready to join a company that can provide new and engaging work solving human-centered problems. I have interest and experience in healthcare technology, but I am a big fan of most jobs where I would get to design things with people in mind.
During my time at Northeastern and before, I have worked in a variety of companies and positions. I started as a research fellow in Biomedical Informatics in a big pediatric hospital, from there I became a research assistant in a Data visualization lab.
After that, I decided I wanted some more hands-on experience, so I cold-called every startup I could find in the Cincinnati area until I got an internship with Navistone. There I really honed my skills and learned what the heck git really does. I also learned the ups and downs of working in a super small Series A company (There were 5 full time engineers in the entire company).
After that, I wanted to try something a little bigger, so I joined the Healthcare Technology Lab at Johnson and Johnson did my first co-op. While there, I worked on building internal tools for data visualization, business analytics, and data aggregation. I also learned how to develop products in tandem with an end-user. I learned how to communicate to non-technical parts of the team, and how to dive into an existing project and trace errors through it.
For my second co-op, I joined Wellframe, a tech startup in Boston. While there, I continued to develop my full stack skills through UI improvements and bug fixes. My biggest responsibility and proudest accomplishment while I was there was getting to build a production messaging microservice from initial ERD diagrams to imminent deployment. I like to think that the six months I spent developing endpoints, implementing authentication, and thinking about user experience made end user’s experience a little easier. I also learned to work remotely. While I personally prefer an office experience for the easier collaboration, I learned how to be adaptable and creative as the COVID-19 pandemic sent me home to Cincinnati to finish much of my co-op.
While my major technical experience provided me with the brunt of my skills, my work as a college tour guide honed my communication skills and my ability to keep track of 50 people. As a student government vice president, I learned a ton about organization, leadership, and that there are no small jobs. Whether it is baking cookies for a committee meeting, or talking about how to make tuition information clearer with the head of financial services, any job that could have a positive impact on the students I was serving was worth doing.
These experiences make me a passionate and driven employee willing to take on any task. Over the course of my career, I have worn many hats, from an intern trainer to a data scientist to a scrum master, and I have always risen to the challenge. I am quick to ask questions when I need help and adapt when things go wrong. I am excited to see what challenges are ahead.