I began my foray into computer programming in high school when my sister needed to write a program on her calculator for a math assignment. Noted as “good with computers” from a young age, I decided to see if I could help her out. We completed her assignment and after a few days I had nearly memorized the section on programming from the TI-82 instruction book.
Years later I graduated from Calvin College with a degree in Computer Engineering and a host of minors that seemed like a good idea at the time. Armed with this knowledge and a fancy piece of paper, I joined MichiganLabs to allow this hobby I started in high school to grow into a career.
Today I am still learning, reading books on how to develop software in a way that brings joy to both the user and to myself. I have also stepped into a design role at MichiganLabs, which allows me to flex a different creative muscle.
In my free time I co-organize a meetup group focused on learning about and fostering game development in the Grand Rapids area. I also enjoy playing card and board games, my favorites of which are Dominion and Ticket to Ride. I am also continuously trying to improve my skills on the computer as a vector artist and a Dota2 player.