My Internship With EvoXLabs

The atmosphere of an academically rigorous and competitive college is incredibly work-focused. On my campus, instead of hearing people say to each other "Let's grab coffee!" or "Want to go watch Netflix?" It's usually more along the lines of "Let's do work together!" or "Want to go study?" But the incessant focus on grades and academic achievement is often exhausting both mentally and psychologically.

It is easy to start to feel like the work you're doing is inane and meaningless. When I applied to the EvoXLabs Spring Co-op Program, I was most excited by the prospect of doing meaningful work - helping contribute to projects that make a tangible difference in people's lives. We are only a few weeks into the program, but I've already learned a lot. For example, this past week, my team (the Research team) learned about the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which are guidelines for how webpages should be created to be most accessible to people with various disabilities. It was definitely an eye-opening experience for me - I'd never realized how inaccessible the web could be without the sort of accommodations suggested by the WCAG.

Now, when I peruse the web, I am cognizant of all the challenges that are faced by people with disabilities, and I am eager to keep moving forward and start finding solutions for such challenges. I'm super passionate about this because I think technology and the web are incredibly useful tools that should be available and accessible to everyone regardless of ability, and being part of this internship will allow me to make sure that this is the case! I am so grateful for the opportunity to help make tech more inviting to all, and look forward to working with and learning from my team and and the other teams this spring!

Created: 3 March, 2017

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