Meet Catapult Raymond

July 12th, 2017

Raymond, a junior at Franklin Central High School, is a member of the Catapult 2017-18 Cohort.  He has been playing with computers since he was 7 years old and wants to build an app or experience that will change people’s lives for the better.  Keep reading to learn more about Raymond.  Be sure to check out his portfolio to see some of his amazing technological creations.

Why did you apply to Catapult?

Catapult is an amazing opportunity to reinforce and learn more about a passion of mine. To me, Catapult represents the perfect point from which to embark on a computer science career path. Not only can I begin building an official portfolio and experience, but I can also gain insight into how to best apply my skills for the workforce.

My life’s goal is to leave the planet a better place than when I came into it. When it comes to designing programs, I wish to create something that benefits people’s lives. Software should serve the user. Catapult would be one of the most effective ways for me to develop the skills for creating useful apps.

If you had the opportunity to visit a famous person (past or present), who would it be? What would you ask them? What would you want to talk with them about? 

I’d visit Elon Musk and ask him about future tech and his plans. In his youth, Elon wrote letters inviting CEOs to have lunch with him and discuss business ideas. I think I would probably talk to him about what the obstacles towards getting to Mars or building self driving cars were.

What is a hobby or interest you have?

I like listening to all sorts of music and playing instruments. My main instrument is the violin right now, but I’m also learning to play the piano on my own time. In the future, I’d love to become a multi instrumentalist. Some of the instruments I’m especially interested in learning are bass, guitar, and flute.

What role has Nextech played in your goals / dreams for the future?

Nextech has motivated me and given me the confidence to pursue my dreams. I had a lot of self doubt before, but I have almost no doubt now that I can achieve the dreams and goals that I set for myself. I have the confidence now that my future career will be in computer science and technology.

What is your favorite holiday and why? 

Thanksgiving, because I love having a huge turkey dinner with my family. My mom will also bake cookies of some sort, which are always really good.

What has been your favorite memory from the Catapult program? 

My favorite memory overall was hanging out with all the cool people in the Catapult program everyday. The VR goggles at IUPUI were extremely interesting to me as well.

Beyond your growth in developing new technology skills, how did this program help you grow? 

Before Catapult, I was a very bad procrastinator and didn’t have any initiative to learn things on my own. Catapult has helped me develop my work ethic, and I think I have a lot more confidence in pursuing the things that I want to learn and accomplish now.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? 

I want the superpower to go back in time, one day at a time. There are a lot of things I regret not doing because I was lazy or didn’t have the drive, so being able to reverse time and change that would be great.

If you had to choose one emotion to describe your Catapult experience, what would it be?

I think the biggest emotion that I’m feeling is gratefulness. I’m extremely grateful that my computer science teacher showed me this program, because otherwise I wouldn’t be here! I’m very grateful that I was accepted into Catapult, as it’s been a life changing experience. I’m grateful for everything Nextech has taught me and done to prepare me for my future!

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