This blog post is a belated welcome and general shout-out to our indispensable Android intern, Ankush Gupta. Ankush started building the Quizlet Android app as an intern here in January and returned this summer to help get it out the door. Ankush hails from Louisville, Kentucky, where he attended DuPont Manual High School. He is now a rising sophomore at MIT.
Ankush, take it away....
Quizlet: What was one thing you wish you could have changed about high school?
Ankush: I really wish that high school students weren't so pressured to get good test scores, take as many AP classes as possible, and go for as rigorous a course load as they can manage. One of my biggest regrets from high school is not taking very many courses or participating in as many extracurricular activities purely for the sake of exploring something new.
Q: What was your favorite subject in high school?
A: My favorite subject in high school was definitely AP Comparative Government. It was the first challenging class I took that I can say I had a genuine interest in, but little prior knowledge about. That forced me to engage in the material at a much higher level, and I learned a lot because of it.
Q: Why did you decide to work at Quizlet?
A: I decided to work at Quizlet because of how much it helped me through high school! I've been using Quizlet for a while now. When I realized how small the team is and how much they manage to get done, I knew I'd be able to make a meaningful contribution to Quizlet and help out the millions of students who use it. The lack of an Android app made studying on my way to school a real pain for me, and I hope my current work on the Android app helps students study more efficiently!
Q: When did you decide to become a developer and why?
A: I can't really pinpoint when exactly I decided to be a developer, but I know I've always liked to build things, whether with Play-Doh, Legos or code. Somewhere along the line, I just realized that being a developer is the only way you can build something and instantly be able to show it off to billions of people. It also lets you impact people in a meaningful way -- just like Quizlet is doing today by making it easier for people to learn.
Q: What's the most useful thing you've ever learned?
A: Being able to communicate clearly and get your point across is more important than being able to make things. It doesn't matter what you create if you can't explain to people why something you've done or made is significant.
Q: What's the most interesting article, blog or book you've read recently?
A: Dave's "How to Hang Office Swings" (http://davemargulius.com/2013/07/19/how-to-hang-office-swings/) post! Walking into work last Monday to see these two awesome wooden swings in the middle of the office was cool, but it was even more interesting reading about how they got there in the first place.