Intern Spotlight: Alexi Doak
Q&A with an Asymmetrik Software Intern
Jul 25, 2018
When Alexi Doak joined Asymmetrik as a summer intern, she didn’t think she’d be developing software on her first day. Yet, after new employee orientation, she was coding within 30 minutes of getting set up on her team. Talk about hitting the ground running!
In Alexi’s first week, not only was her code in production, but it contributed to a significant delivery to one of our clients. Since then, she hasn’t slowed down one bit. In fact, she’s improved the software further, and even built a custom dashboard for the application.
Alexi says, “I really appreciate being treated as an equal team member. Rather than completing typical boring intern tasks, I’m doing meaningful work. It’s really exciting and is something that other interns don’t get to experience.”
Although she’s a gifted software developer, Alexi started college in a completely different field. At first, she majored in Public Health Science on a pre-med track. But, once she took a Computer Science class, she knew that was it. Alexi notes, “I fell in love…after one class, declared a Computer Science major, and haven’t looked back.”
Recently, we caught up with this Gettysburg College senior to find out what makes her tick.
What do you love most about software?
I love the interdisciplinary nature of creating software. I’m excited by the possibilities of collaborating with people in different fields and being able to use software to solve problems together. I want to be able to use my Computer Science skills to help improve other industries and further innovation.
For example, I’ve experienced this during my time at Gettysburg College. I’ve been working with a salmonella research lab to develop a bioinformatics pipeline. This pipeline allows the researchers in the lab to efficiently and accurately determine the prevalence and diversity of salmonella occurring in our food and in our environment.
By combining Computer Science and Microbiology, we hope to improve our understanding of the microbes living around us. This helps determine the cause of food born disease and prevent future contamination.
If you could solve one problem in the world, what would it be?
I would solve the problem of female education. I believe educating all women would help to fix most of the major public health and humanitarian issues we face today.
What surprises people about you?
People are usually surprised to learn that I can speak some Arabic. I took classes in my first few years of college, and it’s something that I would like to continue learning. I really like rap music, and in high school I was a shy band geek that won prom queen.
What inspires you?
In May, I went on a trip with my friends from school to Copenhagen, Budapest, and Prague. I’m inspired by traveling and the opportunity it presents to expand my world view. Sometimes, I get so bogged down with school work that I become oblivious to the word outside of myself. Traveling allows me to get some perspective, meet new people, and learn about cultures and experiences different from my own.
How do you define a “good life”?
I came across this quote the other day: “Happiness is someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” I think a successful life is a life that consists of those three things – a life full of happiness.