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An Interview with Natalie, Urban Outfitters UX/UI Design Intern

URBN UX/UI Design Intern Natalie

Behind every great app interface is a great designer.

Natalie is a UX/UI Design intern for Urban Outfitters. Her team creates the visual part of the apps that my team implements in code (I’ve actually done this a few times, so it was really cool to see the Urban app from an artist’s perspective). We talked about how much work actually goes into those advertising emails that appear in your inbox, Intern Interview Day, and how a creative project can make your intern application shine.

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An Interview With Billy, URBN Business Analyst Intern

URBN Business Analyst Intern Billy

Not all interns at URBN work directly with clothing or with only one brand.

Billy is a Business Analyst intern whose job is to pull and analyze data from URBN’s three main brands: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People. We talked about working with large amounts of data, landing an internship without going through the normal application process, and the cute dogs running all over the Navy Yard.

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Say Hello to URBN’s First iOS Engineer Intern

La La Land Yellow Dress Forever 21

Forever 21 dress | Old Navy flip flops

It’s official — this summer, I’ll be working as an Associate iOS Engineer at URBN, the parent company that Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain, and BHLDN, in their Home Office in Philly!

“I’m really bad at showing my excitement, but I’m really, really excited,” I told my future manager after I found out I’d gotten the position. This still doesn’t feel real (and trust me, I’ve been pinching myself since I received the offer letter). I’ll be writing, testing, and maintaining code with the rest of the iOS dev team and actually getting to see what “doing Agile” means in a business setting. I’m also the first intern the iOS team has ever had, which is really cool to think about.

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Four Ways to Deal with Impostor Syndrome

Four Ways to Deal with Impostor Syndrome

A friend of mine wondered recently why so many people at my school suffered from impostor syndrome, also known as the feeling that you secretly don’t know anything and that you’ve somehow been fooling everyone into believing that you’ve got your shit together.

Although I do attend a school where impostor syndrome seems to be quite prevalent, I think that it affects almost everybody at least some of the time. When I first took college-level economics courses, and later, when I started learning computer science theory and how to program, I struggled constantly with feelings of inadequacy and incompetence. Whenever those feelings come up now, I use one or a combination of the four methods below to make them go away. (more…)

PolyHacks 2017

Hackathon

This past weekend I participated in PolyHacks 2017, a hackathon at Florida Polytechnic University.

Since I’d always participated in teams in previous hackathons, I wanted to go solo this time around. I only had 24 hours to hack–without others working on the project with me, it meant that I should stick to a smaller project, use a language I’d worked with before, and do all my homework (i,e, come up with design specifications, research the frameworks, and create a reference sheet — everything except for actually coding) beforehand. (more…)

The Daily Outfit Algorithm

Maybe you know me in real life, or maybe you read this blog on the reg. Either way, you’ve probably gone “UGH! All of your outfits look the SAME! Why don’t you switch it up once in a while?”

Well, my dear reader, my outfits all look the same on purpose. I’m God-awful at putting together looks that aren’t either a) a dress and heels, b) a mens’ sweater and black pants, or c) a onesie. I shouldn’t be calling myself a “style blogger” at all. Style bloggers have at least a modicum of variety and an eye for combining pieces in a way that compliments the wearer. (more…)

BoilerMake IV

Note: Photos 2, 3, and 5 were taken from the official BoilerMake photo gallery.

I’m freshly back from Purdue University in Indiana, where I attended BoilerMake IV, a 36-hour hackathon. What a weekend — six hundred hackers got together in two of the school’s spacious gyms to code up projects, make new friends, and win prizes.

In addition to this being my first hackathon, it was also my first time seeing what life was like at a “real” (read: population bigger than 800) college. Although there were some headache-inducing moments, I had a blast and will definitely be on the lookout for more hackathons to go to in the near future.  (more…)