We are pleased to welcome yet another full-time developer to the Quizlet team--Arun Saigal! Arun grew up in Burlington, MA, went to Phillips Academy in Andover for high school, and just graduated from MIT in 2013. Arun has deep experience in EdTech on both web and Android platforms, including significant work on MIT's App Inventor project. We're excited he's brought his passion for education to Quizlet!
Arun took on the Quizlet new-hire interview questions:
Quizlet: If you could learn to do anything, what would you learn?
Arun: I would like to learn to play a woodwind instrument. I play lots of percussion, strings, and brass, but I have never learned to play a woodwind instrument.
Q: Why did you decide to work at Quizlet?
A: I wanted to do something big in education, and I think technology has the power to bring real change in education like never before. When thinking about who was best at using technology to change education, Quizlet was the obvious winner.
Q: What was your most rewarding learning experience?
A: I worked on App Inventor, a tool to build mobile applications, for almost 3 years. I learned how to build a large system from something very small, how to present technical material to kids, teachers, and programmers, and how to build Android applications in the process.
Q: When did you decide to become a developer and why?
A: I always knew that I was interested in education. I thought that I might become a professor. My freshman year in college, I started working on Scratch, a drag-and-drop visual programming language to teach kids how to program. It was then that I realized I could use technology to change education, so I decided to become a developer to do just that.
Q: What's the most useful thing you've ever learned?
A: Be willing to make fun of your yourself. My grandmother told me to do this when I was in first grade. If you are willing to poke fun at yourself, you can get along with anyone.
Q: What was your favorite subject in high school?
A: My favorite class in high school was Orchestral Conducting. I spent the term learning how an orchestra works, how music is written with seating arrangements in mind, and even conducted an orchestra once a week. That was definitely one of the most fun and interesting experiences I have had to date.