Each month, we spotlight one of our amazing team members who work hard to bring you great work. Today, we interviewed Michael Wojcik who is a Drupal Developer that has been with Mediacurrent for over 2 years! Let's get started!
1. What’s your role at Mediacurrent, both internally and client-related?
I’m currently living the dream as a back-end Drupal developer. That is, I make all the ugly code, that the front-end developers create, look pretty for the actual website users. On a serious note, I get to work with and learn from so many amazing teammates at Mediacurrent. And I get to work with many incredible clients to help them continually improve their digital footprint on the web.
2. Give us an idea of what professional path brought you here.
My first career path was in academic administration. I’ve always loved learning and wanted to be able to hang around as many smart people as I could and the university research setting provided a perfect opportunity for that. At one point, my boss asked me to manage the research lab’s website. I spent a lot of time clicking around in Adobe Dreamweaver, hacking together some fairly grotesque-looking HTML and CSS. For whatever reason, I actually enjoyed it. I started taking graduate-level courses in computer science and web design at night after work, and ended up with a master’s degree in Information Technology just a couple years later.
Michael was a member of the Penn Band while in college.
3. How did you first get involved with Drupal?
I took a course called “Introduction to Web Content Management Systems” in Spring 2014 while pursuing my master’s degree in Information Technology. We learned about Joomla, WordPress, and Drupal. I thought Joomla and WordPress were the coolest, till we finally learned Drupal towards the end of the semester. As soon as I realized how powerful and flexible Drupal was compared to the others, I knew I had to learn more. I spent the rest of that summer teaching myself as much Drupal as I possibly could and I’ve never looked back since.
4. Is there a go-to Drupal module that you like to incorporate whenever possible?
I keep trying to deploy the fabulous RickRoll module to all of the sites that I work on, but my pull requests keep getting rejected for some reason…
5. Do you have any recommended reading or books that you would suggest to others?
As a nerdy former undergraduate philosophy major, I’d recommend David Hume’s book An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding and his subsequent book An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals. After that, I’d recommend Immanuel Kant’s book Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics. If you’re more interested in political philosophy, rather than pure metaphysics or epistemology, I’d suggest A Theory of Justice by John Rawls as well as The German Ideology by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
6. Any mobile apps that you use regularly?
Twitter, definitely way too much… If I’m looking for a fun game, Madden NFL Football is my go-to. If you’re looking for an actual quiet moment to yourself, I’d sincerely recommend Insight Timer for anyone interested in practicing meditation.
7. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spending time with my wife is #1. Besides that, it’s usually Twitter… or video games. Board games. Card games. Television. When I do manage to leave the house, I like to volunteer as a local activist and tech instructor.
Michael and his wife on vacation in the Czech Republic
8. What do you like about Mediacurrent?
It’s difficult to understate the value of Mediacurrent’s distributed team model having been in place from the start of the company. It seems that many other companies struggle to implement distributed team workflows after having begun with a strictly brick-and-mortar workspace for years. Having a remote workflow that’s thoroughly baked into the company culture is an enormous benefit for me as a employee working from home.