I am an American, studying Computer Science at the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany. My main interest is in software development (programming), but I find computers themselves fascinating. I love reading about new technological advances on my favorite tech-blog Lifehacker, and I love to read the blogs of my friends and family. I also love to doodle and draw comics, so occasionally I will post a sketch or doodle that I am particularly proud of.

Blogging has become one of my passions over the past couple of years. I love considering my personal interests and trying to figure out how I can write about it to make it interesting to anyone who might happen upon the post. This blog was originally my main way of connecting with friends and family back in America and letting them know what was going on in my life. However, I believe it has evolved past the point of being only a day-to-day report of my personal life. I always try to have a purpose behind each post and make each post interesting for ANYONE who may land on the site by chance, regardless of if they know me personally or not.

I grew up in Spokane, Washington in the United States. I still consider the Riverside National Park in the Spokane region to be one of the most beautiful places on the whole earth. However, I moved to Germany when I was 18 years old, and I have absolutely no intention of returning to America. It is a very nice country, but Germany is now my country of choice. I will finish my bachelor’s here, probably get my master’s degree, and will hopefully get a job and thus be able to stay here permanently.

Currently I am working for the research department for software development at the university. I absolutely love my job! The hours I have are very flexible, the people are all very nice, and the things that I am learning are directly applicable to what I want to do in the future.

This about section would not be complete without mentioning my lovely Lord Jesus.  Being a Christian is not a description of my religion, but rather a very important part of my very being. It is not something I “do”, but is something I “am”. I have blondish-brown hair and blue-green eyes and I am a Christian. In the same way, I do not “go to church”. Rather, the other dear Christians with whom I meet are my own family. We love the Lord Jesus and pursue after him together.

Philippians 3:7-9 But what things were gains to me, these I have counted as loss on account of Christ. But moreover I count all things to be loss on account of the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, on account of whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as refuse that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having my own righteousness which is out of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is out of God and based on faith.

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    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    School of Information and Library Science

  2. Hi Joy,

    I am Andy, technical recruiter at Google Europe and I came across your fancy blog here.
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  3. Hello, Joy! I found your blog while searching about the German habit of keeping windows open to air the house – we seem to have a fair bit in common. I hope you keep blogging and good luck with your studies!


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