About Me

Hello, my name is Crystal. :D

Who am I? I am someone who eats insane amounts ketchup-- my record for one year was eating 40 lbs+. I think 7-Eleven hot dogs are the bomb. I love dragons and Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon. I love my job and my life, it was a lot of effort to get myself into software engineering but it was worth it! I love to learn and I love to teach. My goal is to help the people I meet become better, happier versions of themselves by sharing experiences and knowledge. It would make my day if I helped you somehow!

My History: I started off college at 16, graduated youngest in my class from the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Chemistry (magna cum laude), tried really hard then got into medical school, stayed for 3 years, tried very hard to get out of medical school, and here I am.. a happy little software developer. I would describe myself as someone who loves to learn, stays positive, and loves working on a team.

Currently, I am working for Microsoft in Tampa, FL (remotely with some travel). I specialize in C#, .NET Framework, .NET Core, SQL, Azure, Containers (Docker and Kubernetes) and DevOps. Other technologies I have worked with include Angular JS, React JS, Document DB, MongoDB...

Why I went into software: I enjoy patterns, puzzles, building, tinkering.. but not with physical objects (because they break-- ok I break them!). I was at a time in life where I could foresee the next 10 months, and honestly 10 years of my life in medicine being the wrong path for me. So, I decided to make a change.. try it out, and I ended up really enjoying programming. I always want to learn more and technologies are always evolving. Also, the people I met have been kind, understanding, patient, and also like to learn/teach and I believe I found an environment where I can be happy.

How I got into software: In May 2014 took a 6 month leave of absence from medical school, and decided I would get myself a career in software in that time. I have the world's best big brother who helped teach me the basics, then I scrambled to study on the Internet .. and after 4 weeks of this I applied to three jobs, got two offers.. took one and sent my withdrawal to medical school June of that year and never looked back. I get asked a lot about regrets and honestly I have none, this was the best decision for my life and I am so grateful for who and what I have in my life today. I have a Quora post specifically about leaving/starting a job in a new career which you can read by clicking HERE.

My blog posts are a mix of technical tutorials, code projects, and random cool tech stuff. I try to explain ideas and concepts the way I would have liked to hear them and break ideas down to something simple, or post new things I have learned. I learned everything from the Internet and from people I have met along the way, so I wanted to try and contribute some thoughts in hopes it will help someone somewhere!

Outside of programming, I enjoy: rock-climbing, weight training, tennis, boxing, swimming, nutrition/cooking, playing video games, and singing. My favorite video games are DOTA 2, Fire Emblem, Towerfall Ascension, Smash (project M), Chocobo's Dungeon, and Earthbound / Mother. If you play DOTA 2, join me in a game on Steam :).

Please visit my Contact page if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for me!
Much thanks for reading,

Crystal Tenn

P.S. One more thing..

Find me elsewhere online:

Above are things that make me happy! From left to right: I sticky noted a door with tetris, made a fimo version of the Mk. II metal gear from the game "Snatcher," sticky noted another door with Mario, and a Chocobo!