Here at HW, we love our interns and all the diverse skills and perspectives they bring. For this week's staff spotlight, we talked with our web intern, Kate Moynahan, to learn more about how she ties together all her unique interests.
When you're not working your digital wizardry for HW, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
[laughs] I really enjoy coming up with dumb tweets. I also like music. I'm not really into music lessons, but I like figuring out how to play different things on my own. I play some acoustic guitar, ukelele, and I'm currently in the process of relearning the keys right now.
What's your favorite song to play?
Stairway to Heaven always. It's my go-to.
Never would have guessed that... that's awesome. What's something else people might not know about you?
It sounds kind of nerdy, but I’m really interested in technology - especially virtual reality. It’s exciting to me to see how rapidly it’s growing and how it will affect our society. I went to the International Festival of Creativity in Cannes, France last year, and they showcased a lot of VR. I tried a surfing simulator where you stand as it moves around and splashes water on your face. It felt like you were really surfing. It was terrifying.
That sounds crazy. How'd you become interested in emerging technology?
I really became interested through my classes at UGA. I've taken a lot of classes through the New Media Institute, dealing with rich media, apps, and other things.
What did you take away from your experience at the Cannes Festival?
You can always be inspired by something. There's always people out there who will push you towards your goals, and at the same time you'll learn from them and come in contact with people you wouldn't have expected to. And you'll learn from them too and continue to broaden your horizons and your views. They also emphasized how you can do what you want to do if you go for it. I always knew that I had no idea what I wanted to do, so it made me feel better about that. You know, just take it one step at a time and see where life leads you and it'll end up how it's supposed to be.
What are you excited about for the future?
I'm mostly excited to see how technology ends up intertwining with advertising and how you can use that. I'm hoping to eventually work for the technology department of an advertising agency so I can combine my creativity and technological skills.
A favorite piece of advice you've ever been given?
"When people tell you you can't do it, show them you can."