Intern Spotlight: Andrew Sciandra
Q&A With an Asymmetrik Software Intern
Jul 10, 2017
Andrew plans to continue his internship through the next school year, and is excited to gain more experience, especially with back-end technologies like Docker, MongoDB, NodeJS and Nginx. We’re thrilled to have this future UMBC grad on our team – Go Retrievers!
Did you always think software was in your future?
Yes! I always talked about majoring in Computer Science, even before I really knew what coding was. I took a Java class in high school and enjoyed it, then did a lot of Python (which I loved) during my high school work study internship with the government.
Fast forward two years and I still love to code. I’ve got a lot to learn, but I’m pretty happy about how far I’ve come. I’m excited to continue learning as much as I can from school, Asymmetrik, and working on my own projects.
What do you like best about your internship here?
What’s not to love? Working on a real software project that makes a big difference and affects the day-to-day lives of many people is a great feeling. It gets me excited to come to work every morning.
This is the best team I’ve ever worked with. At my government internship, it was a little tough being an 18 year old kid in a sea of people older than me. Here, age is just a number. My team has welcomed me with open arms and I can’t thank them enough for it. Even though I’ve only been working for 2 years, I think it will be hard to top them!
My team has welcomed me with open arms and I can’t thank them enough for it
It’s always a great time over here, but everyone also knows when it’s time to get work done. That’s a very important part of the culture. Management here is great too. They always have open ears and I feel like I can go to anyone to voice a concern. Asymmetrik Rocks!
What do you like to do outside of work?
It’s kind of a mixed bag, though I love to play just about any sport. Seriously, if anyone wants to play I’m up for anything! My favorite sport is soccer, and I’ve been a soccer referee since 2011. I also follow Tottenham (a British soccer – I mean, football – team) religiously. I try to watch every game they play.
Outside of sports, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, girlfriend, and family because it’s always a good time with people you love.
I love learning new programming languages on my own when I can, and go to UMBC’s Cyber Defense Club meetings every week. Though I have an interest in Cyber Security, I think becoming a Software Application Developer is the way for me.
Currently, I’m trying to teach myself both front-end and back-end languages. After that, I’m sure I’ll move on to even more languages!
If you won $1 million tomorrow, what would you do with the money?
I would buy a new car, take my girlfriend to see Wicked on Broadway, definitely swim with dolphins, send my parents on a vacation, and then put the rest away for future fun.
What superpower would you choose?
I definitely want to fly like Superman. Who doesn’t want to go wherever they want, whenever they want? I could wake up one day and say “I want to go to Fiji” and bam I’ve got my swimsuit on flying to Fiji.
How do you define a “good life”?
Being happy and stable. I think doing what you love and loving what you do is a recipe for a good and successful life.