What made you choose to attend Champlain?
I used to have a gaming YouTube channel with 60,000 subscribers. I filmed a Minecraft video of me trying on the Oculus Dev 1, which is a virtual reality (VR) headset. I remember thinking it was so cool that you could be immersed in these virtual worlds. I started imagining what stories you could tell in VR. That's why I really wanted to come to Champlain. It's cool to access that immersive technology and learn how to use it.
What projects have you worked on during your time here?
Junior year, my team worked on a game called Snowball Showdown in our production class. It was a wacky VR snowball fighting game, but the cool thing was that we got accepted to the Oculus Start program. So Oculus gave us free VR headsets and invited us to Oculus Connect 6 in San Jose, California, which is an annual VR convention for the whole industry. We didn't go as students, but as developers, which was really cool. We're working to publish Snowball Showdown in the Oculus store, which is at the forefront of VR games.
What did you do in Montreal when you studied abroad?
I interned at Casa Rara, which is a tiny VR game studio. The company had a staff of five people—plus me. I had my own desk, and we all collaborated together in one room. My boss was away a lot of the time, so I worked as the producer of the team for a while. It was a really cool experience to work in the role I'm hoping to get hired for in the future.
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