I have an M.A. in Interactive Media from Elon University. I often get asked about why I made the switch in my career from social worker to Developer/UX designer, but I want to explain how similar the fields actually are. In both fields, conducting user research is an important task. As a social worker, I identified major deficiencies in a situation, figured out client-needs, and immersed myself into the life of my client in order to find the best solution to a problem. I also asked the right questions without misinterpreting answers to truly understand and pinpoint specific issues. In both fields, designing for the best solution requires empathy for users, adaptation to ever-changing situations, and recognizing psychological principles and patterns. My passion includes taking complex problems and turning them into beautiful, user-friendly experiences with efficient code and foundational UX design principles. With my background in a human-first field, I feel that I have great insight to develop and design with the needs of the user in mind.
When I'm not coding, you can find me hanging out with my cats, binging a favorite show, developing VR apps, or playing video games.