Erik Thornquist ’15, Men’s Soccer
Summer Internship: Software Engineer at Topia Technology
How has being an athlete influenced your work at Topia?
“I’ve learned that making mistakes is part of the game and we won’t always win. I’ve learned to push through that, learn from my mistakes, and improve so that if a new problem arises I will be able to solve it. It’s the process of understanding what went wrong and how to fix it that will help me become a better athlete as well as a better intern.”
What are some valuable takeaways that you’ve received from Topia so far?
“The mentoring that my supervisors have given me at Topia has really helped me learn. They always give me different situations that might occur or perspectives to think about when trying to solve a problem or test something. They challenge me and allow me to struggle through problems, which has not only helped me learn but has also given me the confidence that I need in order to solve similar problems in the future.”
How is this internship comparable to your work on the soccer field?
“Being on a sports team has really helped me at this internship because I am part of a team at Topia. Playing on a soccer team at PLU is very similar because we must work together to accomplish a goal when playing on the field. On the field it takes a lot of communication and unified teamwork. At Topia we must also work together using these same skills in order to accomplish our goals.”