Since owning my first computer I have followed the nerd path. Early on I made it a goal for myself to someday work for Microsoft. When I was in high school Microsoft was THE place to be. The home PC (personal computer) market was just about on the cusp, the tipping point. I knew that Microsoft recruited many Waterloo grads which was why my primary objective was to get in there. I even put two University of Waterloo programs on my application.
My time at the University of Waterloo was absolutely invaluable. I met most of my inner circle at this great institution. It provided me knowledge and challenged me every day not just preparing me academically but also for the rest of life’s lessons. Waterloo’s co-op program was a big reason I decided to go to there. It seemed completely logical that I get work experience as well as have some ability to pay for my schooling along the way rather than racking up a huge student loan.
On my 5th and 6th work term I had the collision and realization of two dreams. I was accepted for an internship at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington. I can’t say enough of what a great experience it was to be an intern at Microsoft. Being around so many talented people can only help you grow too. Seattle was a cool city to live in and the surrounding area Pacific Northwest is absolutely beautiful. I’m certain that this was where I fell in love with snowboarding. It was easier to travel to cool places like Whistler and Las Vegas from there too. I was able to reconnect with family that was in Vancouver which was the cherry on top.
My office during my second work term at Microsoft. I had three computers at my disposal localized to different languages; I was testing Encarta Interactive English Learning in Spanish, French and Japanese.