At some point in time, I intended for this blog to be regularly updated (I probably even blogged about it). That obviously hasn’t been happening, nor will this be a post about how I am going to start. I slap my website on things (linking to it on my twitter, slapping it on my resume, etc) and when I put it on the end of a video today, I felt the urge to post a quick little update. So, without further adieu, what have I been up to?
Well, the last time I updated this blog was in May. That means you missed the end of the school year, the summer, and the beginning of this school year (well really about a third of it). The end of my junior year was stressful, but pretty much uneventful. Finals didn’t end up affecting my grades (even though I took a few of them early). Why did I take them early? A vacation to Europe? Nope. I did not want to push back my Microsoft internship a week, so I decided to push the end of school forward a few days.
The Microsoft High School Internship was a truly amazing experience. I suck at writing, so I do not think I can properly articulate what the experience was like. I worked in Global Foundation Services (the group that powers Microsoft’s datacenters) and more specifically Manageability Services Group (when I left, part of the group was moving to Azure). What does MSG do? They write the software that keeps the datacenters running smoothly. I got to work with a countless number of amazing people in my group including my managers, coworkers, and fellow interns. I experienced a new side of coding, where you have to make sure your comments are clear, your code is clean, and when you check into version control your edits are reviewed by other people. It was truly eye opening and great fun. While working full time might not sound like an amazing summer to many teenagers, I loved it.
After the internship, I was left with about a month of vacation that I spent hanging out with my amazing friends. I also went to the Carnivores Tour concert at the Gorge (Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, and AFI) – which was unbelievable. I really do not know how to describe it, but I’m sure there are some videos on YouTube, so just imagine it being about 100x better than any video can portray.
I’m doing my senior year a little different than 9th-11th grade. Instead of taking classes at my high school, I’m taking classes at a local community college through a program called Running Start. Not only will I be earning credits towards my high school diploma, I am earning transferable credits for a college degree. My first quarter is already over and I have finished up English 101 and Calculus II, plus a C++ course. Next quarter I’ll be taking general engineering physics, calculus IV, and PE. The way my classes are structured gives me time for some more personal projects.
I have shelved Homework Check for now (sorry, class websites have been changing too often, maybe it’ll come back later). Right now I am lead developer at Fundify Charity Search, which should be available soon at searchfundify.org.
That’s the summary of the past few months of my life.
See you guys next blog post!