Next up in our series of interviews with the Hazlnut team, we sat down with Amrita Sapkota, a Software Developer for Hazlnut:
Thanks for joining us, Amrita.
Thank you for having me!
Before we really get into your job at Hazlnut, what are your hobbies and interests outside of work?
Outside of work I like to travel and spend time with my family and friends which I cannot do right now due to COVID. Though I am not good at editing pictures, I love to take pictures and read books whenever I am free. Also, I love cooking and I spend most of my time trying out recipes for various dishes.
What did you do for work and school before Hazlnut?
Before Hazlnut, I obtained my Master’s Degree at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. While in school, I worked there as a Graduate Assistant in the Center for Career and Professional Development. My job was to monitor candidates during different kinds of tests, administrative support for testing, career service functions, troubleshooting, and general technical issues.
I understand you grew up in Nepal before moving here for school. How was the transition to America?
That’s a good question! Well, my cousin lives in Dallas, Texas. When I was doing my undergraduate in Nepal, I was frequently in contact with him. Through him, I got to know about the American education system (which is completely different from Nepal) and I really liked it. Since then, I was determined that I would complete my Master’s Degree in the United States. It was not easy, but I did it. And as we all know, the United States is really ahead in the latest technology and tools. Plus, an international degree would open up an infinite number of career opportunities.
How did you start working for Hazlnut?
After my graduation from Lamar University, I was looking for a job. I found a job posted in Indeed and I applied for it. I got a response after couple of days for an interview and then they hired me. I am really thankful to Dick and Steven for providing me this opportunity and trusting a college graduate who didn’t have any professional experience working in the tech industry in the United States. It’s been amazing working here at Hazlnut.
What do you do at Hazlnut?
Very cool! Development for a tech company definitely seems to be a job that keeps you busy.
Thank you for your time today, Amrita. Just one more question before we end things here. What is your favorite thing about working for Hazlnut?
My favorite thing about working for Hazlnut is the work environment, the team, and doing what I love to do, which is coding. Every morning when I wake up, I always feel excited about going to work, which is really a good thing. Also, the team is really very helpful and supportive. I still remember those days when I just started working with Hazlnut, where my team members really supported me in each step and helped me grow and learn. They always push me for better and appreciate the work I do. I feel really blessed.
Thanks again and good luck!