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Meet Our People: Quinn

Every month we are profiling one of the Web Services Department’s team members. This month we hear about Quinn, who is a co-op student with Web Services.

How did you enter this career?

This is my first co-op term and I’m so excited to be a part of the Web Services team! Technology has revolutionized the way people create, consume and share information. I was interested in this position because I wanted to learn how to effectively communicate in today’s digitally driven world. As well, I wanted to garner an understanding of how websites are designed to optimize the user experience.

Where else have you worked?

For my first job, I was an English Survey Interviewer with MarketQuest Omnifacts Research. Since then, I have worked at Chatime as a Tearista (I miss the “free shift drinks” perk) and at Sansotei Ramen as a server (the tonkotsu black ramen and zangi are amazing). I was also the Director of Communications for the Psychology Society of Carleton University; a student ran-association that aims to provide academic information, and social opportunities for individuals interested in the field of psychology. Additionally, I was involved with the Community Partnerships Project as a capstone participant; in this experiential learning program, I had the opportunity to develop a social media strategy for the Roger Neilson House.

What are some of the technologies you have used along the way?

My program has exposed me to technologies such as Jamovi, SPSS, Visual Studio Code, Qualtrics, Canva, and Microsoft Office suite. I’m hoping to familiarize myself with Figma, Procreate, and Blender out of personal interest. I’m also eager to learn WordPress and Jira throughout my co-op term with Web Services!

What are the best things about your program?

I am enrolled in the B.A. Honours Psychology program at Carleton University, and I love the flexibility it offers. I’ve been able to take electives in disciplines such as economics, political science, computer science, history, philosophy, and neuroscience; it makes me feel more well-rounded (jack of all trades, hopefully master of psychology). Additionally, professors from the Psychology department are incredibly warm and welcoming; they’re always there if you have any questions or just looking to chat.

Do you have some exciting projects you are working on right now?

I am currently working with my colleagues to launch the Cyber Security Awareness month (CSAM) campaign. Throughout the month of October, we are hoping to actively educate the Carleton community about cybersecurity issues. Enroll in our Security Awareness Course now to learn more about staying safe online!

What music are you listening to at the moment?

No matter what I’m doing, I’m almost always listening to music. I genuinely love all genres but I’m currently playing a lot of indie rock, Japanese pop, and hip-hop.

What are you reading at the moment?

I’ve recently finished reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera; a philosophical fiction that uses its characters as a medium to explore existential weight and light. At the moment, I’m obsessed with isekai manga and webtoons (dear Lee Hyunmin and Kim Hyunsoo, please update The Greatest Estate Developer already).

What do you do outside of work/school to amuse yourself?

When I’m at home, I love working on art projects (currently attempting screen printing and crocheting). I also spend an absurd amount of time playing mobile games but let’s not talk about it. Outside of that, I love exploring the city and what it has to offer (hiking trails, local restaurants and businesses, festivals, museums, art galleries, farmer’s markets, you name it).

What exciting plans do you have coming up in the next year?

I’m really looking forward to visiting my hometown in Newfoundland, as well as some friends in Halifax and Toronto. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed for a new piercing or tattoo in the upcoming year.