Jalen Randle


Class of 2015
Mobile Development
Project Manager

One day in my sophomore programming class, my teacher asked me if I was interested in becoming a Network Assistant and meeting Mr. Zulli. I heard some of my friends talk about becoming Net Assistants and at the time I tried to do everything with them, so I said yes and she took me next door to T110. When I walked into the room I remember being both confused and intimidated by the layout of the room. Mr. Zulli, sat behind his desk, asked me a few questions and I went back to class.

During the summer of 2013 all of the new Network Assistants were gathered around Mr. Zulli’s desk waiting to be assigned to a project. As Mr. Zulli went through a list of projects, hands were raised and people were given assignments. When Mr. Zulli got to the iOS application project, the room went silent and looks were exchanged between all of the Net Assistants. I raised my hand and said, “I’ll give it a shot.” I had no idea what I was getting into and I didn’t realize that this was probably the best decision I made in high school.

In the 2013 - 2014 school year, I began working with Zach Shea on the CATNIP Mobile iOS application. The app was already up and running, so my job was to learn how to maintain and improve it. This meant learning as much Objective-C as a I could in about nine months. With the assistance of Zach and several online Objective-C resources, I was able to learn enough Objective-C to be able to stand on my own, once Zach graduated.

I'm now working on updating the CATNIP Mobile app for iOS as well as working with two other Net Assistants on the Windows phone and Android versions of the application. The Net Assistant program has given me an excellent environment to work on a project that I care about, giving me actual real world experience with software development. Working with the other Net Assistants and the CATNIP Mobile app is the reason why I want to pursue a major in Computer Science and a career in Software Development.

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