We are in a sixth grade math classroom. I am speeding through all my assignments in order to solve logic problems.
I blew through hundreds of them that year. Silly as it was, I even dedicated an entire presentation to detailing how to solve Who Owns the Zebra. Thinking back, I’m not so sure if it was the best choice to keep my classmates engaged, but I was pretty proud of my work. Perhaps it was my knack for problem solving combined with my fascination in people that led me to the user experience field.
I hail from the great state of Michigan and spent six beautiful years working on my BA and MSI degrees from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). Upon graduating, I worked as an experience designer at a digital agency for over two years before taking off to travel and volunteer with fifty strangers in eleven countries in eleven months. From sitting with the forgotten elderly in remote villages in Eastern Europe to tutoring English to Vietnamese college students, that year changed the course of how I live my life. Upon returning, I worked with that nonprofit organization to redesign one of their internal systems.
Now here at Sandstorm, I am most excited to do meaningful work in a place that values people and culture, as well as user research. Understanding the context of a problem is key!
Outside of my work at Sandstorm, you can find me at a rock climbing gym, randomly singing in public, attempting to build community, blogging, thinking of and laughing at terrible puns, playing board games with friends, talking to the homeless, volunteering with children, taking photos, baking, exploring new places, and so much more.