We are super excited to welcome another stellar member to our Quizlet team--Karoun Kasraie! Karoun hails from Ventura, CA, where he went to El Camino High School. He just graduated this May from UC-Berkeley, with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Music. Outside of the classroom, Karoun marched in the Cal band and ran the website for The Daily Californian.
We hit Karoun with some Q&A to introduce him to everyone at Quizlet:
Quizlet: What was one thing you wish you could have changed about high school?
Karoun: I wish I had known about Quizlet back then, no kidding. For an independent-study student like me, having a resource like Quizlet that I could use on my own time would have been a boon!
Q: Why did you decide to work at Quizlet?
K: Working at Quizlet means making an impact in millions of students' lives every week. Having that many people counting on you is a big responsibility, but I wanted to work someplace where I knew the work I did would make a difference.
Q: What was your most rewarding learning experience?
K: I went to an independent study high school, which meant I did a lot of my learning at home and at the local community college. Being able to work at my own pace and pursue topics that interested me was really a blessing.
Q: When did you decide to become a developer, and why?
K: I started learning web development in high school, when my dad finally convinced me to try messing around with software. It turned out to be very enjoyable, not only because I could build things very quickly, but also because tinkering with software is less disruptive to one's parents than tinkering with their physical computer. Who'd've guessed?
Q: What was your favorite subject in high school?
K: Government-track classes were always my favorites: economics, political theory, civics. As a lifelong news junkie, I loved formally learning about the human-powered systems that make the world turn.
Q: What's the most interesting article, blog or book you've read recently?
K: I just finished reading The Signal and the Noise, by Nate Silver. As a long-time fan of his political writing, it was great seeing him tackle other subjects with the same statistical gusto that makes his political predictions so enjoyable to read.
Thanks, Karoun, and welcome to Quizlet!!