Marsela Sulku

marsela

Class of 2015
Senior Project Manager

A normal morning in T-110 begins with me pressing play on my phone's music app. After selecting a song that compliments my mood, I log in on the school computer and open Outlook, the current school site, and I'm working on SharePoint Designer. I then work on my project as diligently as I can. Some days I have so much work that I'll have to work the entire 90 minutes of class, and other days (most days) breaks are necessary. I love not having a teacher look over my shoulders every second of every class period. It's refreshing. The freedom Mr. Zulli gives his network assistants is rewarding. It has taught me how to properly manage my time. Knowing how to find the interval of convergence of a power series might come in handy one day, but I'll definitely need to know how to handle my time when I enter the workforce.

A couple of weeks after I became a Network Assistant, I was thrown into a project without previous Web Development experience. All I knew was that at the end of the year, I had to deliver a finished product. My task was to design a form that can allow teachers to take attendance of the Teacher Assistants so the administrators can keep track of their attendance. I was given full creative freedom with this project. It took me forever to get it started simply because I didn't know how to navigate SharePoint Designer, or how to code in JavaScript, HTML and CSS. It was very frustrating, but thankfully, collaboration with my classmates is strongly encouraged so the veteran Network Assistants were able to teach me the basics.

I was ecstatic when I finished my form at the end of the year. Learning the scripting languages as I was working on that project helped me learn them more in depth than just reading a textbook would. Working through the problems I faced with my form has helped me develop great critical thinking and problem solving skills. Staying motivated throughout the year got challenging at times, but it helps to know that your work will actually make a difference in the way your school is run and that it will be recognized. Mr. Zulli has given keynotes all over the world about our work, Microsoft and Dell executives have visited us, and school board members from counties all over Florida have toured our program focusing on the work that the Network Assistants have done. I can't wait to continue making a difference within my school and hopefully in the world while studying Computer Science at the University of Southern California.

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