Annette Arrigucci has been a regular staple in the presence at theClubhou.se for almost the last year, save for a moment away to attend a code school. Having recently opted for a career shift, Annette is taking advantage of opportunities. Meet Annette!
1: How did you come to be a member of theClubhou.se?
I was looking for a place to learn about programming after deciding to make a career change from journalism to technology. I’d read about theClubhou.se in the Augusta Chronicle and thought it sounded interesting, so I dropped by the building. Chase gave me a tour and told me about some of the activities there, and I knew it was the right place for me to be.
2: Describe the moment you decided what you wanted to do when you grew up?
Seems like I’m still deciding, ha ha. But as a kid I was in love with reading, and people told me I was good at writing. At the age of 13 one of my essays got published in a city newspaper and it was a very satisfying moment for me.
3: What do you do in your current work?
I will soon start a job as a software developer. Before I changed careers I worked in the news industry, mostly managing content on websites, for eight years.
4: What is an expertise you have that you would like to share with others?
I would love to teach programming, especially to people who feel like they are “no good at technology” or have never really considered its possibilities before.
5: What are you tinkering with at the moment?
I want to finish a flash sales application that I started at the Harvest Bytes hackathon.
6: What are you interested in learning?
Mobile app development
7: What is your favorite sci-fi movie?
“Contact” – I think it’s a realistic imagining of what would happen if we really did encounter intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.
8: If you have not lived all of your life in Augusta, where else have you lived?
I lived in El Paso, Texas, where I was born and raised, until I moved here in 2015. I lived in Charlotte for three months attending the Coder Foundry programming boot camp.
9: If you could see one thing happen in Augusta in the next 5 – 10 years, what would it be?
I’d like to see more polish on Augusta’s greatest assets so it becomes more of a destination city. Augusta has everything it needs to succeed, but I’d love to see the will and the resources converge to be able to take it to the next level.
10: theClubhou.se Core Values are: Risk Boldly, Honor Your Commitments, Be Worthy of Trust, Give More Than You Take, and Share Solutions. Which core value do you best exemplify and why?
The one I strive for most is “give more than you take.” I’m not there yet but I am trying to change my life to include more giving. “For of those to whom much is given, much is required” is a quote I think about a lot.