We'd like to welcome our first summer intern of 2013, Zack Mayeda, who started last week! Zack is a rising senior at the University of California-Berkeley and a native of Encinitas, CA. He started coding when he was in high school at San Dieguito Academy. In addition to his experience as a developer, Zack has a wealth of tutoring and research experience that shows his commitment to helping students learn. We're very excited to have Zack on board!
Zack took a crack at our new hire Q&A below:
Who was the teacher you remember most?
My high school Japanese teacher. She was extremely involved with the Japanese language and culture clubs at the school and created a class dynamic where learning was fun and collaborative.
Why did you decide to work at Quizlet?
Working at Quizlet will allow me to contribute to awesome and practical tools that make life a little easier for millions of students. I think that's a really exciting opportunity.
When did you decide to become a developer, and why?
Late in high school I realized that I didn't just want to use applications, I wanted to understand them and build my own. I was especially drawn to the combination of functionality, user experience, and interface design that goes into developing applications.
What's the most useful thing you've ever learned?
You don't always need a teacher to learn. Curiosity and an Internet connection are great additions to traditional learning environments.
What's the most interesting article, blog or book you've read lately?
I recently read through a discussion thread about the pros and cons of web design templates, which included notes about how far the Internet and websites have developed in the last decade. It was interesting to hear how some design and interface trends have persisted through the rapidly evolving world of web development.