Heyy! I’m Kanya and I just finished up a two-week internship here at Hypenotic.
I’m a 14-year-old with a strong passion for technology, and love everything from complicated robotics to funny snapchat stories.
BUT I wasn’t always this way… It started about three years ago when I attended a few tech-related summer camps and fell in love with the industry. I loved everything about it – from writing HTML and CSS to meeting the amazing mentors and people who inspired me. Since then I have continued to enjoy the tech field as a mentor and a self-taught coder. After that experience I just knew I had to have more!
Which is how I found Hypenotic!
I went in one early morning to meet with the team. We had been emailing for a while so I felt pretty comfortable going in there. We started to talk about what I knew and what I was hoping to learn. They asked me about my experience with tech resources and tools, but of all the tools they had listed, I probably recognized two. I just sat there and proceeded to say “No, sorry I’ve never heard of that”. Although everyone was so friendly, the two weeks before the internship I was hoping to not get an email saying, “Sorry, we don’t think you are right for this position”.
Fortunately, I did not receive the email I was afraid of! On my first day I woke up feeling excited and a little nervous, but after being there for about an hour, all those negative feelings were long gone. We started with some setup and preparation for what was to come – I couldn’t wait to start learning!
One of the first tools that I was introduced to was the command line. I was amazed that this large black void allowed you to control your computer through simple commands. You can create files, edit them, move them, copy them – and so much more. I’m basically hooked.
Next up was SASS. It was everything I wished CSS would do. Having the ability to nest styles sped up my workflow and made the code way easier to understand.
I know that what I have learned just scratches the surface of what’s out there, but I feel like I have a strong enough foundation to tackle my own projects. This internship was a wonderful opportunity and gave me a sense of what my future might look like.
[PS – cd allows you to go into a folder through command line :)]