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Megan McDonough

Megan works as an Assistant Negotiator at Midas Exchange, where she serves as the intermediary between television networks and Midas clients to make sure that their ad campaigns are successful. We think she rocks because she also interned for “The Electric Company” at Sesame Workshop!

How did you discover and first become engaged in technology?

AIM! I was obsessed with it when I was little because I could talk to all my friends. I would talk to up to ten people at the same time!

What is the most impossible thing that you’ve ever done?

Entering the tech world was the most intimidating thing I’ve ever done. I had never been exposed to the inner workings of tech. I knew what the web was, but never really understood exactly what a developer did, or what coding was, or the difference between front- and back-end development. Learning about all of these things all at once was intimidating.

What was the process of learning like?

It felt really impossible when I started. There were so many terms and so many things that I had never been exposed to—I thought that I would never understand everything. But then it just clicked. The more that I began to understand what developers do, the more I realized that it was possible for me to pick up some skills. I began to think, “I can do that.” I started reading more about it and decided to take an HTML class.

Why do you think that it seemed so impossible?

Technology is made out to be this really complicated, brainy thing. So I didn’t feel like I was smart enough to understand it. To me, it always seemed like something super nerdy people do and it didn’t feel like it was for me.

Has your perspective changed?

Definitely. It’s entirely possible for anyone who wants to learn how to code to learn. There are so many resources out there. Taking a class made me realize that some people know nothing and some people, yes, know a lot, but everyone was together in class learning. It also showed me that anyone can learn it—and, that I could learn it!

What is your favorite app?

Draw Something. It’s such a fun game! I love that you watch as people draw—it makes me laugh!

What are the top 5 things you can’t live without?

My family. My iPhone – its terrible but true! Coffee. My running shoes! A good piece of dark chocolate. Mascara—I wear it everyday even if I don’t wear any other makeup. It brightens up my eyes because I have blonde lashes. And of course, my stuffed kitty, named Cat. I got her when I was two, and she is still my kitty.

If you could design an app that would solve any problem in the world what would it be?

I would build an app that would help us conserve our natural resources. My worst fear is that our natural resources are going to run out. I took a global population problems class my senior year and it totally freaked me out! It’s actually amazing how little people know about the environment. I would make an app that would spread awareness and spur action.

Why is technology important?

Because it is a part of our everyday life. We use technology all day, everyday and everyone is exposed to it.

Why is technology important in your life?

Technology helps me connect with people. You can do a million different things, it’s a source of entertainment, and it allows you to keep in touch with people.

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