Cheryl Yang is a Little Weaver

Cheryl Yang

Note from the members: We’d like to give a warm welcome to our intern, Cheryl. It’s already been a joy to work with them — they ask the right questions, communicate well, and are sharp as heck. I’ll let them tell it—

Cheryl Says Hello

A shy hello... 

Good morning! My name is Cheryl and I'm excited to introduce myself as the Little Weaver Intern!

Cheryl the Coder

My first substantial programming project was a Tetris clone written in Java, a final project for a high school programming class. Of course, I had to put my own spin on it; as you played the game, math problems would pop up randomly and force you to solve them before you could control each Tetris piece again. It is amazing how incapable of mental math people become when they are focused on playing Tetris.

That project introduced me to a lot of larger concepts that we hadn’t touched on during class. As a result, I learned to Google. And as a result of that, I learned that everything I had done in that introductory class only barely skimmed the surface of the ocean that was computer science.

And that was incredibly exciting.

I'm the type of person who likes to throw myself into things head first. Sometimes this gets me into trouble, like when I am attempting to quickly descend a flight of stairs. But when it came to learning programming, it was exactly the right attitude to have. My favorite quote was said by Lord Kelvin, and I think it captures my attitude towards programming completely: “When face to face with a difficulty, you are up against a discovery.” Every roadblock I encountered, every mistake I made was exciting because it meant I was about to discover something new.

It's been years and, while I've gotten smarter about some things, I haven't lost the passion and excitement I felt when I first got into coding. Here at Little Weaver, I look forward not just to learning new things (like ReactJS!) and making awesome apps, but doing it with heart.

Cheryl the Other Stuff

When I'm not coding, I'm usually drawing cute pictures, writing poetry, or rolling around in my giant, ever-growing collection of adorable plushies. I am lowkey obsessed with these plushies. It’s gotten to the point where sellers are giving me discounts for buying so often ;-;

Finally, I’ll end with a couple fun facts about me:

  • I have grapheme-color synesthesia.
  • I type exclusively in Dvorak.
  • I have a tattoo on my left arm.

Cheers! (^0^)/

Cheryl Yang

Cheryl is Little Weaver's 2016 Summer Intern! They enjoy programming with Django as well as making front end designs. They’re also a writer who created and runs A Jumble of Words, a creative writing website based on writing prompts.