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I started worried that with my HTML and CSS experience being limited to coding camps from 7thgrade (and the Hannah Montana website I made in 3rdgrade, which is not my proudest moment) would automatically relegate me to become the official coffee-pourer of Danico. To my surprise, after spending a few days learning the basics, I got assigned my first project: DavonnePress.

DavonnePress, to me at the time, seemed impossible to fix. I didn’t know how to change those buttons at the top (which didn’t go anywhere), and for the longest period, I could not figure out how to change that slider image (Even though I ended up leaving it at the end). Through DavonnePress I learned about the importance of asking complex questions and creating layouts for websites, (because clients are interested in what you’re doing) and having SD as my "client" made the experience a little less terrifying. Over the next few weeks, I redrew layouts, changed locations of sidebars, searched for images, waited for content, created some fake content, removed that fake content, and ended up with a website not that different from the original, yet in a way my own.

I want to thank SD and Eric [another intern] for answering my (frequently stupid) questions, and for helping me out with coding and designing (and finding links or passwords to sites). I know that all that I’ve learned during my time here will come in handy in the future, and I’m looking forward to seeing what else I can learn in the development work. I will always remember Danico fondly, and hope that I will get an opportunity to work here again. I can wholeheartedly say that it was the highlight of my summer, and as I continue to study at Hersey (and then hopefully CS at college), I am looking forward to applying what I’ve learned.

I enjoyed creating the JoomlaCamp Chicago website. It was the first and last website I designed and built. Looking at websites and arguing with SD for my design was fun. And while my motivation for programming continues to be the satisfying result of turning a button red and moving it down a few pixels with CSS, hearing SD say something as simple as "Ooh I like that image," made these few months worth it too.

I am grateful for my time here and all I’ve learned. My exploration will continue in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall.

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. (Btw, you should go check it out!). 

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.