Summer students at Cliniconex | Getting to know Tiare

summer student

Every year, the Cliniconex team welcomes summer students from various post-secondary institutions to spend a few months with us, learning, growing and hopefully having some fun along the way! The first student we are profiling for 2022, is actually returning for her second summer with us and we could not be more thrilled to have Tiare Mar with us again. 

Tell us a bit about yourself! What do you like to do in your spare time? 

I really love being outside. I go for bike rides a lot. I also like climbing and bouldering, luckily my favourite climbing gym is close to the office. I really enjoy listening to music – especially while I work. I’ve been listening to The Killers a lot recently! 

As for TV shows, I’ve gotten back into watching Brooklyn 99. I like how upbeat and cheerful it is.

How would your friends describe you?

Hmm. Probably quiet and a little shy. I’m hardworking and dedicated and when I focus on a problem I can get absorbed in it – which could be a good and bad thing I guess. I’m introverted but I really like spending time with other people like my close friends.

*It should be noted that when Tiare asked the writer/interviewer how she would answer this question – there was quite a long period of silence. Turns out this is indeed quite difficult to answer! 

What are you studying at University?

I am in my first year of studying Computer Science at the University of Toronto, St. George.  

What was your favourite class last year? 

One of the most interesting classes I took was to fulfill one of my requirements in the Faculty of Arts, and the course was on the Sistine Chapel. I knew nothing about it going in and it was incredibly interesting. I really loved the combination of art and history. 

What attracted you to return to Cliniconex for another summer? 

This is easy. Last summer I was helping out more with the administrative operations and client success side of things and it was a really great experience. Cliniconex is a small company and because of that everyone knows each other and is really friendly and supportive. I felt like I could ask for help. Because of that experience, I was really excited to come back.

Also, having the opportunity to be a first-year student and to be on a development team in a field I hope to have a career in is such a great learning opportunity. I am learning technical things like working with databases and servers, but also have the chance to see what it’s like to work on a development team and if it’s something I would like to do in the future. 

What are you looking forward to working on or learning about the most? 

This is related to my time at Cliniconex last summer with the Client Success team. I was doing a lot of manual work that other people didn’t have a lot of time to do, this summer I am working on automating those processes, so it’s a real continuation and I’m excited to see the projects through.

How do you think your time at Cliniconex will help during your second year of University? 

A lot of the things that I am working on here at Cliniconex are probably things I will learn more about in later years in my school program so it’s great that I’m getting a sneak peek.

I’m working a lot in Java at the moment, which is a language I did not know before I started my work here. I know I’m going to be using both Java and C next year at school so I’ll have a head start.

In terms of teamwork, even in the few weeks I’ve been on the team, I’ve found I’m already improving in how I communicate with other people, which is great.

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