Jill of all trades. Master of some.
After graduating from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Media Arts and Sciences, I spent 3 years as a full stack employee at a large organization and a scrappy startup. In June 2015, I took a risk, quit my job, and retrained in UX Design to close the gap between my standards and skill-set. These experiences have allowed me to develop a varied, yet powerful set of skills.
My journey to UX.
- Aug 1989 - Born in OKC, OK
- Feb 2000 - Used an iMac for the first time in my elementary school's computer lab, beginning my love affair with Apple products.
- July 2002 - Went to engineering summer camp, learned to solder, and made an LED binary clock.
- April 2003 - Skipped orchestra class to hang out in the school's computer lab (my only method of access to the internet).
- April 2007 - Received a full scholarship to Wellesley College via the Questbridge National College Match program.
- August 2007 - Started a work study job as a guard at the Davis Museum.
- Jan 2008 - Took a computer science course to fulfill my math requirement. Said goodbye to my Psychology major mere moments after saying "Hello World!" via my first few lines of code.
- Aug 2008 - Begged my mom for a MacBook until she relented.
- Sept 2008 - Officially declared a Media Arts and Sciences major.
- Jan 2009 - Took a course on Human Computer Interaction and realized those psych classes weren't a waste of time after all.
- April 2010 - Joined Wellesley's HCI lab as a student researcher, and worked with fellow students to explore how multi-touch platforms could enhance the Davis Museum experience.
- June 2010 - Took on a new role at the museum as the Technology Intern, and worked with students in the HCI lab to design, develop, and test an iPhone app to encourage deep looking and reflection.
- May 2011 - Graduated from Wellesley, and worked a series of freelance design jobs to pay the bills while waiting to have an epiphany about what I should do for a living.
- Jan 2012 - Decided museum technology was my passion, and started a Museum Studies graduate program.
- Feb 2012 - Moved to Ft. Smith, AR to start work as a social media specialist for RAM, the first art museum in the city.
- July 2012 - Left the graduate program after realizing my passion for creating socially innovative tech experiences extended beyond museums.
- August 2012 - Signed on as the third employee at SchoolWay, a mobile communication app for K-12 schools that had just been acquired by Jostens. Worked as a Product Manager, Visual Designer, and UX team of one, and helped grow the app to over 1 million parents, students, and teachers in just two years.
- August 2014 - Joined the New Spin team as a UX Designer, but quickly shifted to a Product Management role to help the organization launch an MVP for their newest software product.
- June 2015 - Took a risk, quit my job, moved to Austin, and enrolled at General Assembly to retrain in User Experience, and to take control of my design education and career trajectory.
wHAT's on my mind
Thought it'd be a good idea to use my Echo as an alarm. Turns out, yelling at someone to shut up isn't a great way to start the day.