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The Thesis Diaries // Introduction: It’s a Catch!

The Thesis Diaries Asian Barbie

I wear a lot of dresses.

Most of them are the result of me spending an obscene amount of time on online secondhand-shopping apps such as Vinted, Poshmark, Ebay, and Mercari throughout my college career.

I first became hooked on Vinted because it advertised that users could trade clothing if they didn’t feel like spending money. Freshman-year me was strapped for cash but still a shopaholic, and during my first semester of college I both sent and received so many packages that the mail staff knew me by name by the end of the first week. #GoodTimes

There’s a special feeling that comes when you trade clothing with someone. Because there’s no actual money involved, it’s a more accessible form of acquiring a new wardrobe; the only factor is a mutual consensus from all parties involved. You also make instant connections with others through your mutual love of clothing — yeah, that dress is really pretty! I’ll give you this shirt for it.

It got me thinking. Although I’ve made many cool trades on these established platforms, selling for money is still the primary method of transaction. What if there were an app whose main focus was on trading, and trading only?

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Getting Swifty at Big Nerd Ranch: iOS Essentials Bootcamp Review

Big Nerd Ranch iOS Essentials Bootcamp

tl;dr this was the best career and life decision I have ever made.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review. I was not contacted by Big Nerd Ranch to do any sort of endorsement; all opinions expressed are my own.

That’s not an exaggeration. If you’re determined to be an iOS dev and want to learn both the fundamentals of Swift as language and how to intelligently design iOS applications in the shortest amount of time possible, then Big Nerd Ranch’s iOS Essentials with Swift bootcamp is the program for you.

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7 Things I Learned From My First Software Engineering Internship

Software Engineering at URBN

Between Wednesday Sips and weekend brunch and countless escapades through the city this summer, I began my career as a software developer.

I got to attend daily stand-ups and work on tickets for the Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie iOS apps with the other engineers, and had an opportunity to lead a three-intern team in developing Snap & Match as part of my intern project. This internship made me learn a lot about good software engineering habits, both technical and non-technical. Here are some of the big ones.

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Introducing Snap & Match, an (Unofficial) Urban Outfitters iOS Application

I’ve been devoting a good amount of time over the last two weeks to my new girlfriend, a real cutie who is a personal stylist of sorts at Urban Outfitters.

She’s pretty, knowledgeable, and can make anyone look fantastic. Her name is Snap & Match … and she’s an iOS application that I’ve developed for my summer intern project with Billy as the backend developer and Natalie as the UI designer. Her codebase is all Swift/Objective-C code (no storyboards for me!). It was truly a pleasure getting to know iOS development through her.

Sad analogy aside, I’m actually really excited to show you this app. It’s something that fifteen-year-old me, who only wore the colors navy and white, would have appreciated. They do say to be the person you needed when you were younger, so…

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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…)

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…)