John Staley

Don’t hire anyone you wouldn’t want to run into in the hallway at three in the morning." - Tina Fey, Bossypants

This quote relates a quality that I have gained after years of collaboration and calibrating myself in group and audience dynamics. The journey of collaboration is one that continues to yield positivities because I go into its depths. Another journey proving itself as a continuing wonder is, of course, front-end web development. Most of the apps and sites made in the porfolio section of this site were made during General Assembly's Web Development Immersive. The development process during General Assembly much akin to building a pontoon during a hurricane. The pace was fast, the time was limited, but the payoff meant I was above water. Now, the next step is crafting vessels that set sail from the port of a profession.



In my chess persuit, a partner said I would excel in web development. Chess and web development are both based on logic. Building a good app is like playing a chess game, it requires forethought, organization, and sometimes it may seem like little progress is being made but that's likely one of the most crucial steps! I want to develop because both chess and web development start with determination and have increasing, enjoyable payoffs the more one becomes skilled. The reason I develop is because I want to translate my thoughts and plans into a medium, like a website. This is easily said but not easily done. As I become more fluent in development languages, I see the payoff, akin to chess's. This is in the sense that enjoyment and excitement even out with the my determination to build the app or play the chess game. Though there is no ultimate level of development, more abilities come when I delve into programming and the desired result becomes more frequent.

Along with chess, I have enjoyed a similar field that shares skills with web development. I have taken classes in five languages (Spanish, French, Italian, Latin, and German). In fact, I lived in France with my family for four months in the year, 2000. Being immersed in culture and language in France is similar to being a student in web development at General Assembly. There is a deluge of unknown terms. However, every bit of language I acquired, both in France and GA, was put to use and appreciated itself because it enabled me to make new pathways and functionality. I saw results immediately. Through these immersive aquisitions of knowledge, I took another step forward. It opened new windows to unforseen experiences and I plan to continue this pattern here in Boston.