It's my honor to interview and introduce Thyra Howard, new CMS Apprentice at Foster Made! We're so excited to have Thyra on our team. In the short amount of time I've known her, I've already noticed that her excitement and energy, both as a person and as a developer, are so bright and contagious. While I know we are excited to help Thyra learn all the ins and outs of CMS development here at Foster Made, we’re also very excited for what we will learn from Thyra—starting now by learning a little bit more about her and how she got here.
A: As a child I used to be fascinated with how computers worked and how games were made. So from elementary school to high school I took various tech based programs. Like FIRST Lego Robotic and Computer Classes at the RTC.
A: The thing that really drew me to this apprenticeship was reading quotes on the about team page. There were quotes about helping and accepting challenges. I love helping where I can as well as taking on a good challenge.
A: While attending the Upward Bound program in high school at VUU, we had a guest speaker by the name of Mr. King. He would tell us things like Cinderella’s shoe should have disappeared and things like that. One day we were talking about success, seeing that graduation was around the corner. During the open class conversation he asked us, “If God said that you could never fail, what would you do? What would you be? Will you live the same life you do now? If you look at life as an open slate waiting for you, what would you write on it?” Then he dismissed the class.
A: Tortas are my favorite sandwiches, especially the ones with a mix of stuff on them. They are just massive sandwiches with a lot of flavors that go together so well.
A: Before I would have said invisibility for general reasons, but now I would rather have flight. That way I can travel the world and get immersed in so many other cultures and sites.
A: Creating the first artificial general intelligence (AGI) Android and making lesser versions of the first one to help children in hospitals experience life outside of their hospital beds.
A: I would like to be more like Sixto Cancel. He’s the CEO of Think of Us, the company I interned at for two years. He’s one of my idols because he has a goal of helping foster youth to not experience a life like he had, and he went for it. He pushes real hard for his dream; I want to push harder than I ever have for my dreams too.
A: I’ve always been held onto because of potential, but never really used because of lack of guidance. Here I hope to receive that guidance in becoming a better developer.