Hi everybody and welcome! Thanks for clicking in to read my #firstblogpost. My name is Lizzy Hanley and I am from Somers, New York (For anyone who lives in Long Island: Westchester County is NOT in upstate NY). The banner at the top of my post is a picture of the Res which I took at the very beginning of freshman year a few minutes before sunrise. To this day, this is one of my favorite pictures.
I am a sophomore dual majoring in Computer Science and Finance. My involvements at BC are closely tied to my major as I am vice president of the Women in Computer Science Society (and also one of four co-founders), sophomore representative for Women Innovators Network, iOS beginner workshop leader for the Computer Science Society, and a member of the Shaw Leadership Council. When I am not in class or with these clubs, I am most likely playing ultimate Frisbee (go Flix!), some intramural sport, or running the Res.
I also work for Galehead Development, a Boston based startup founded by BC alums that specializes in solar and wind project development. In 2017 I have been apart of $645 million of total project/site capital investments which translates to 2,580 acres of solar panels and 1,017,036 MWh of annual clean energy– enough 24/7 power for 95,050 typical U.S households.
I tend to listen to a variety of music. Two of my favorite artists are Tyler the Creator and Tame Impala, and my favorite albums at the moment are Flower Boy (Tyler the Creator) and American Teen (Khalid). According to Spotify, my top song of 2017 is GOD by Kendrick Lamar. Also on the topic of music, I am a loyal Spotify user and not an Apple music fan.
This break has been very relaxing and fun so far. I have watched a bunch of movies, spent time with family and friends, and also went to the Pinstripe bowl at Yankee stadium. BC might have lost and I may have lost a few toes in the frozen tundra, but at least I had a great time! I have also continued my part time job with Galehead.
I have been trying to do more independent coding projects, but haven’t taken much action until recently when I was inspired by a fun problem set and decided to turn it into an app. With the help of a friend, I built a word guessing game that picks a random word from a word bank and directs the user to guess this word by supplying clues.
Wondering what my favorite meme was? Well, the wait is over…
Expectations for this class
I first learned about TechTrek in a general BC tour and information session when I was a senior in high school, and ever since I have wanted to attend. Since Freshman year I have attended the Boston trips, and now I am thrilled to be able to go on the West Coast trip. As you can probably tell from my academics and involvements, I am passionately invested in learning about the technology industry and I am excited to do this in TechTrek through understanding strategy, competition, entrepreneurship, and venture finance. The class material and the field study will offer me invaluable knowledge and experience, and I hope this combination better equip me to work with or for a tech company some day.
If you have made it this far, thanks for reading my page. Happy New Years to all!