What made you decide to pursue your degree in WDOC?

I’ve always had an interest and passion for technology and after earning my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, I was in search of a way to further my education, as well as acquire a new skillset. A few Google searches later, I stumbled across UF’s WDOC program and immediately fell in love with the content and format. The program was a perfect blend for someone such as myself, not having a background in design, that taught at an entry level and scaled upwards with each semester.

What has been the biggest thing you have learned in your classes?

Probably the biggest thing that I learned in my classes is what persistence really means. Any developer would tell you that they don’t know everything and even the most experienced still have to do a bit of research when they don’t know something. There have been many times throughout this program that I came across a bug or an issue in my code and it was through persistence that I was able to solve it. It wasn’t always easy, but it was definitely worth it in the end every time I reached a viable solution.

What have you learned in your classes that you have already applied to your job?

How to navigate WordPress and basic PHP came in handy when I first started my internship. I was able to apply what I was learning in class to real world scenarios and I think that really solidified my experience.

What are your career aspirations?

You never know where life will take you next, but as of right now, I want to continue to teach while freelancing on the side.

What accomplishment are you the proudest of achieving?

For me, it would definitely be our final project. I am really proud of the work that my team and I produced. I felt that this project was a culmination of everything that I’ve learned since the beginning of this program and was a reflection of just how much I’ve grown and the skills that I’ve acquired.

Angelo Maramara

Angelo Maramara

Class of December ’16

Orlando, FL

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