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. He is particularly fascinated by mongodb data modeling so it will be interesting to see how he takes to his new on the job training. 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.