This summer IT-oLogy has had the opportunity to work with many great interns, each with their own sets of interests, skills, and goals. We are happy to introduce them to the blog and hope that the information technology community will welcome them as talented students and future IT professionals. Introducing our first “Meet the IT-oLogy Interns” feature, Daniel Standerwick!
Name: Daniel Standerwick
School: Spring Valley High School
When did you first get interested in IT? How? When I first started middle school I wanted to find out how the people in the games I was playing moved. So I looked into it and found out about 3D animation. From there I have taken every art class in school to get closer to becoming a 3D animator.
How did you find out about IT-oLogy? I was looking online for a place to complete my internship and get some experience in the IT field. IT-oLogy came up in the search results and I took a shot at it.
What parts of IT are you interested in? Why? 3D animation! When I first started middle school I wanted to find out how the people in the games I was playing moved, so I looked into it and found out about 3D animation.
Why do you think IT is important? IT is the only way to go in a technological world. IT teaches you how to get a step ahead of the competitors technology-wise.
Who has helped you get involved in IT? My parents are really supportive. When I was around five my parents got me my first computer. When I told my parents I wanted to start focusing on 3D animation they were willing to get me any software and hardware I needed, but getting involved was all on my own. I researched how games worked and how animated movies are made. It all just amazed me so much that I had to follow up and get more involved.
How does IT affect your day to day life? I find myself looking deeper into games and movies than what’s just on the surface. I notice if an animation glitches for a second, or if a polygon of a figure is overlapping with another. It’s made me a critic of movies and games.
Where would you like to work someday? In what position? I would like to one day become Lead Animator for a company’s project, but it doesn’t matter where, be it a major company or a small group as long as I’m doing what I love and I’m happy that’s all I need.
What are your plans for after high school? I have a few choices for college, one of which is SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) for a MFA (Master of Fine Arts), and another is The Living Arts College for a BFA (Bachelors of Fine Arts). We’ll see what happens!