2013 in Review

As 2013 comes to a close, I have been reflecting back on everything that has happened in the past year: I created my first mobile app for the Army Corps of Engineers by myself (with direction, but I did all of the dirty work), I graduated from Michigan State University (GO GREEN!), I accepted my first full time role with Team Detroit, I went to various concerts including Lollapalooza, I turned 22, my oldest sister is pregnant and my second oldest sister is engaged! Although those last two don't exactly have anything to do with me, I'm so excited for both of them. While there have been many ups an downs throughout the entire year, I believe I have come a long way from where I was a year ago.

My entire spring semester (and even after I graduated) I had no idea exactly what I was looking for in a position and company. I've finally figured out that I want to focus on both front-end development and UX design, and that I enjoy taking on large projects like I was in college. I really enjoy working on large projects from start to finish while using different skills, so now I know what type of role to look for and what type of companies can offer me this opportunity. In eleven days I will leave my role at Team Detroit and while I have really enjoyed everyone I've worked with and the environment, I am really excited to see what comes my way next! I think this role has really shown me what I like and don't like, which has helped me figure out what to look for in my next opportunity.

I have many short and long term goals, and I'm going to start to really focus on both. One being to get a dog already! I know I want to end up in Seattle within the next three years, but preferably sooner. As for a vague long term goal, I want to work in a small design firm doing front-end developer/UX design as I mentioned before. I know that as the years go on this role with flourish into something more, but I'm not sure what yet. Until I move to Seattle, my short-term goals are to get a position at a design firm in metro Detroit and to get an apartment near the area. I have a few personal goals as well to adjust my spirit and character, but I'm going to keep those to myself.

All of these experiences over the past year have helped me get to where I am now. While I may not be in school anymore, I am still an open book looking to learn anything and everything! I believe I have grown a lot in the past year and I can't wait to expand myself even more. I may not always be 100%, but I try to be the best I can be with each day and I will continue to strive to be my best throughout the next year. I know that 2014 will bring great new experiences, both good and bad. I'm okay with both ends of the spectrum though because everything happens for a reason.

Chelsea Figlan

Front-End Developer/UX Designer, New Baltimore, MI, United States