When I first signed up for Hersey's internship program, I expected to be like a coffee runner. Yeah...nope! I spent my time sitting in front of the computer updating a site, documenting module locations or struggling as SD thrusts me into something new with the infamous term "You know how to do it.". Sometimes (after a bit), I did figure it out! Other times, I'll have to pick up our veteran laptop Macky and make the walk of shame back to SD's office for help.
However, despite struggling almost everyday, I did learn a lot and always had a lot of help. SD was a strict but effective teacher. In school, I really only learned about coding. I did learn about Agile development and planning from my Computer Science teacher but it was a very lax setting with no time constraints. As an intern here, I learned a lot about Joomla and how effective it was versus developing a site through HTML and CSS alone, but more importantly, I learned a lot about how a real company environment worked. The emphasis on planning was enormous in this kind of work, I couldn't just dive in and start making a pretty site. I had to think about intended audience, placement of call to actions, what the site was trying to tell its user, reason client wanted the site, etc. It was all pretty overwhelming but also made everything much easier once we did get to the coding.
At the beginning of my internship, I told SD about my interest in a possible business minor and she was kind enough to also teach me about marketing. She taught me how to write blog posts and some pointers on what posts should have no matter the topic. Thanks to that, I was able to write my own blog post and post it on this site and it became the second google search result for reorganizing images in Joomla
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An issue I had at the beginning of this internship was confidence. I often doubted my coding and planning skills which resulted into me overthinking a lot of simple tasks. Leaving today, I feel like I know a lot more about my own abilities than I did a year before (The fact that I was getting praise as an employee versus a student really helped). I hope to continue working on them as I leave Danico Enterprises (temporarily, of course) and begin my study as a CS major in the University of Wisconsin-Madison.