Hello World! (again)
I'm not gonna lie. As of 11:21pm on Sunday July 10th, 2016, I am officially the worst. I made a promise to myself (and, more importantly, the all-powerful Internet) to actually use this blog on a regular basis, and I didn't.
You would've thought that having to pay for both the website and the domain would encourage me to use my money to the fullest extent possible...
But let's not dwell on my past mistakes, shall we? I mean, I kind of do that already, when I think of all those comebacks I could've made. That one about victory when I was talking to a guy named Victor was utter gold.
Back on track y'all, what's been happening in my life?
- I finished my once-in-a-lifetime internship with #BUILTBYGIRLS Cambio
- I became a HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR! Spirit days galoreeeeee :)
- I was sent to San Francisco to attend the Girls Who Code Challenge at Twitter, as well as the TechCrunch Disrupt hackathon and startup convention
- Myself and my fellow Biteability foodie, Emily Redler, ran our first def hacks() hackathon in October, where dozens of high school students came together to eat, make new friends, and code for an entire weekend
- I frantically wrote dozens of essays that would determine the next four years of my life: COLLEGE
- Team Meme Dream Supreme and I won a hackathon with Callidate, a platform for young voters to educate themselves and share their opinions about political races and issues
- The def hacks() planning team was expanded so that Emily and I wouldn't explode from planning a hackathon all by ourselves
- Emily and I turned our passion for food into Bitebaility
- Callidate was chosen as a finalist in the Innovation Challenge at the WECode Conference hosted at Harvard University (although we didn't win)
- The second round of def hacks() hackathons was held in April, this time in New York, New Jersey, and California
- I was invited to join about 30 other people for the she++ #include Technology Conference to visit companies and meet professionals in San Francisco (again!)
- I COMMITTED TO CORNELL UNIVERSITY FOR COMPUTER ENGINEERING #GOBIGRED
- IgniteSTEM invited Emily and I to speak about def hacks() and our experience coding as high school students to an audience of hundreds of school officials
- The Renegades made it to the *second round* of the city playoffs, farther than we've ever gone in the past seven years!!!
- I was a typical senior who wore a fancy dress and put on a ton of makeup to go to prom <3
- I said goodbye to the ACE Mentor program after four years of learning about architecture, construction, and engineering from experts in those fields with other high schoolers
- My fellow ARISTA Executive Council members and I handed off the torch to the next generation of ARISTA officials (and eating at Max Brenner was a part of that process, of course)
- I MOTHER-FLIPPIN' GRADUATED (wearing a pixelated graduation cap, no less)
- I started my job as a software engineering intern at Ask Applications #fulltimeemployee
- Zeinab and Anah (fellow #BUILTBYGIRLS interns) and I hosted PixieHacks, a 12 hour hackathon to immerse females in the world of technology, at Tumblr...YESTERDAY (still running on no sleep)
The past months have been hectic and ridiculous and exciting and hilarious, all at the same time, and I wish I had updated y'all with my adventures along the way. I will, however, be going back in the archives of my Instagram and Facebook feeds to write about those experiences, because those are memories I want to cherish and relive and rethink for the rest of the world to see.
That's a lot of pressure.
And, if you haven't noticed already, I've reformatted this site to hold posts about my life, my tech world, and the projects I've worked and are working on, in addition to Biteability and my photo galleries.
I just renewed this domain and Squarespace account, so I'm committed. It's happening. Brace yourselves for a whole lotta Caitlin (even more than on all seventeen-million of my social media feeds).