Who IS Robbin?
In A FEW WORDS...
As they say in Hamilton: "I'm young, scrappy and hungry, and I'm not throwing away my shot."
I had several different jobs in my lifetime, including, but not limited to: cancer biology research, bookselling, waitressing, working at a print shop, being a TA for university Japanese literature…
My tech life started in 2014 at Udemy, one of the luckiest things that has ever happened to me. I worked in support and community management before studying full-time to learn product design (while still working full time).
In way more words…
My name is Robbin -- yes, with two B's -- and I've done web design for a long, long time. I was 10 when I taught myself HTML/CSS and made my first website on Angelfire (I also had one on Geocities). I had no idea that web design could go anywhere beyond a hobby for me, and so majored in psychology and Japanese in uni instead of computer science. I regretted it only for a second, because one of the best things about being an adult is realizing that learning is an excellent hobby.
In addition to web design, I'm also an introverted people-person. I've done community management and support. I also help friends work out career-related things, like resume writing, interview tips from friends in the tech world, and more.
In a list…
Surprising to me: I didn’t realize how much I liked classical art until I went to London, because all of the museums are free and I could spend as much time as I liked without feeling rushed.
My crafts: Crochet, drawing, writing.
My party trick: I can mimic most accents and can speak 5 languages with varying levels of fluency.
Accepted list of talents: Singing karaoke in front of a crowd, piano, speaking (after the nerves are gone).
Weird fact: I once did a tea tasting and could distinguish between five different teas that came from the same region, but from five different farms.
Special skill: Fierce determination. If I want to do something, I dive into research and can work so efficiently that many people wonder when I get sleep. (Spoiler alert: I have insomnia, so I don’t sleep. This is not recommended.)
Favorite countries to visit: Japan, England, Germany.
My sport: Boxing, but I’ve done several martial arts as well.
A couple of hobbies: Board games, reading, cute things with faces that shouldn’t have faces, learning about sharks, drinking tea.
A very specific dream: Living in London, crocheting to audiobooks whilst sipping tea. Ideally, living above a bookshop.
If You're Bored, Here's some reccs:
Current Spotify playlist: From UXA to UPD: A Case Study in Song
I recommend this book: Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle (if you identify with being a nerdy woman and have found yourself physically sick due to stress, then I definitely recommend it)
A good time on Netflix: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
Thought-provoking movie to watch: 12 Angry Men, if you haven’t seen it yet