We’re happy to welcome Kanoa Haley to the Zeitspace family for the Spring/Summer co-op term! Kanoa is a Computer Science student at the University of Guelph, and in our little Q&A below he has plenty to share…
Why software development?
I’ve always found computers fascinating and when I was younger, a mystery. I found that software development opened up the world of computing and instead of being a mystery, everything was now a blank canvas to control. Software development is also extremely rewarding thanks to the problem solving aspect. It constantly involves “detective” work and clever design work to get everything exactly how you want it.
What kind of development do you like? Mobile? Web? Something else?
I tend to prefer backend work, which I feel is against the grain when it comes to the average software developer. I’ve always enjoyed the design of programs as well as determining the absolute best solution to a problem more than any sort of UI design. Because of that, for me, backend (and server) development has been appealing since it takes away “pesky” things like UI and all that matters is creating a product which interacts and performs as well as you can make it.
Recommend one thing (maybe a book, movie, album, TV show, physical experience…) Why?
Since I can’t choose just one thing to recommend, I’m going to recommend a few. For a book, I’d greatly recommend The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. It’s a great memoir that really exemplifies how important optimism can be to enjoying yourself. My favourite album is Smoke + Mirrors by Imagine Dragons. I’m sure you’ve probably heard a song of theirs before (like Radioactive) and this album is my personal favourite. The TV show I would always recommend would have to be Westworld. It’s a great TV show by all accounts and I really like how it touches on the meaning of consciousness.
What’s your favourite new (or old) discovery in Waterloo Region?
Definitely the Hydro Cut near The Boardwalk in Waterloo. It’s a nearby and totally free set of mountain biking trails that are perfect for a simple day trip, or even to just go to at lunch.
Share a cool thing that folks might like to know about you?
My other major interest, other than computing, has always been rock climbing. I’ve been training and competing on and off for about 9 years and you can typically find me at the climbing gym or a local cliff when I’m not at work. It’s something I’d highly recommend for everybody to try, it can be a great little hobby, or you can commit and treat it as a competitive and enjoyable sport. In our local area we have Grand River Rocks, a great climbing gym, as well as Mt Nemo and Rattlesnake, which are my favourite cliffs within an hour’s drive.
Anything else you’d like to add that these questions miss?
I have just finished my first year and I have to say that university is an absolutely amazing experience for me. As well, I am unbelievably thankful that I was able to take a co-op program and continue learning and working throughout my studies.