Wow, wow, wow. What a weekend. Andrew and I trekked to Austin to catch Maryland’s first football game of the season. As Maryland alumni, we’re used to the Terps letting us down season after season, so we had low expectations of the game (I was totally prepared for a complete blowout). But we figured the […]Read more "Terps take Texas"
It’s not really a secret that I have bad puppy fever. It feels like everyone around me has a doggo. My apartment complex and neighborhood are very dog friendly, so I see them everywhere — in the elevator, at bars, in shops, etc. But until I settle into a more permanent place and more regular […]Read more "Dog days"
After nine months, I have finally wrapped up my capstone project. Since my first semester in the Human-Computer Interaction master’s program, I knew I wanted storytelling to be part of my capstone project. I also wanted to work with kids if possible because I’m interested in edtech. My capstone evolved from emphasizing nonfiction stories to focusing […]Read more "Reflecting on my grad school capstone project"
For my grad school capstone project, I worked with Kidsteam to research what excited kids about reading and how we could improve digital books to draw in avid readers as well as more reluctant ones. One of the biggest recommendations my co-designers in Kidsteam had was to make the story and bright and colorful as […]Read more "How I animated Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland"
(Sorry about the title. I just couldn’t get that song out of my head the entire trip) Andrew and I took a short spring break escape to SF last month. It was a much-needed break from capstone and general end-of-school madness. We stayed in Redwood City and Carmel-by-the-Sea, both lovely places. We toured the Computer […]Read more "California, here we come"
Sometimes, escaping the stress of being a full-time student and full-time worker can be as simple as hopping on a Metro or getting in the car to leave town for a bit. My mom came down to College Park to meet me for some city adventuring. We started in DC at the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Walking […]Read more "City adventuring"
There’s always something awesome happening at work, and today was no different. Today, the Goddard Visitor Center transformed into an art gallery, showcasing beautiful art inspired by the James Webb Space Telescope. Back in November, 25 artists came to Goddard for a special social event, where they had the opportunity to learn about Webb and its […]Read more "Science meets art at Goddard"
I know it’s not a good sign for our Earth’s future, but 70-degree weather over Presidents Day Weekend made for some really nice hikes. I planned to go home Friday night and visit my parents, but Clare asked if I’d be interested in hiking. So Saturday morning, we trekked to Patapsco Valley State Park and walked […]Read more "Spring Hiking … in February"
At work, I helped Clare and Rebecca make a “rewind” video to highlight some of Goddard’s observations, discoveries and milestones in 2016. After designing the little cassette graphic, I felt inspired to do my own 2016 rewind. A lot of really awful things happened in 2016, both personally and around the world, and I feel like I […]Read more "2016 rewind"
Follow my path through grad school (or rather, my progress through the HCIM program so far and my vision for the coming months)! A journey map is a visual look at an experience from an individual user’s perspective of his or her relationship with a product or service over time. Plotting this journey helps organizations or companies […]Read more "Grad school journey map"
Last week, I attended the 2016 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, the largest gathering of women in tech in the world. Thanks to the support of the Maryland Center for Women in Computing, about 50 University of Maryland students and I were able to meet with some of the most successful and inspiring women (and […]Read more "Reflecting on #GHC16"
It wasn’t the best day for the Maryland football team, but it was still an awesome day for being a Maryland sports fan. My cousin Katie’s husband Mason recently started working for the football team, and he was able to score us tickets to the Maryland-Minnesota game and a pregame tailgate with the friends and families of […]Read more "A day with the Terps"