Walker Byrnes


Class of 2015
Senior Project Manager / Web Development -

Most of the people reading this will be prospective network assistants or people interested in what we do here in T-110. Therefore, I feel it is necessary to clear up some common misconceptions about the program before talking about my experiences here. As a word of warning, the role of a Network Assistant can at times be one of the most demanding positions a student enrolled in CAT can have. In order to complete assignments, often times network assistants lose days off, spend time after school, and devote a substantial amount of time outside of class working on projects. The CNSAP program is a huge commitment, and should not be taken lightly. Many before have lacked the drive and perseverance In order to complete what is required of them. However, for those that are able to take the heat and get things done, this opportunity happens once in a lifetime. complete three semi-working pages. Not a bad job for someone with no clue what they’re doing, but far from a fantastic job. However, Mr.Zulli saw the potential, and this year I was tasked with building a new sub site for the AMSET program from the ground up. This task consisted of designing, programming, and implementing numerous different functionalities and pages which have barely been used before in this program. This also included managing people, as I enlisted the help of a few of my classmates for such a large project. I had to learn practical workplace skills like team control, time management, and the development process, in addition to sharpening my rather weak coding skills. However, I persevered, and in the end, after tens of thousands of lines of code filling over two dozen pages, the site came to completion in just under a year. I told you that to tell you this. This is the program that will separate the self-driven motivated workers with the right mindset to succeed from those who merely wish to skate by with an easy A. This class is certainly not an easy A, and at times it can be as demanding as an AP level course. However, there are rewards to be reaped that far outweigh anything that has to be sacrificed. I reiterate because I truly believe that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. In addition to the technical knowledge, half dozen certifications, and hands on experience, I have gained the ability to think for and learn for myself. I’ve been inspired to take matters into my own hands, to think practically and creatively, to put the end user first, and to think in a way that I believe will allow me to do great things in the future. Life in T-110 is a challenge at times, but it is an opportunity that should not be passed up.

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