I'm in the greater Boston area, MA, USA.
Just starting to try to get into UX. Working on a friend's design project to try to get something into a portfolio eventually, since it seems like every UX job - internship or not - wants a portfolio.
Current challenges seems to be focus, really. There's SO MUCH, and it's actually really difficult to get a general overview of what to do during a design project. So far, I've figured out overarching goals for my theoretical users and for the business, some flow/journey thoughts, and done some initial mockups in balsamiq. I'm trying to figure out who to ask to be my sample users for user testing (probably friends and family, to start, preferably not people who are already in UX). I asked a bunch of questions when my friend initially explained his idea, just to get a better idea of what he was thinking so that I could figure out who the users might be.
I want to know All The Things! More seriously, it feels like an excellent combination of software testing (which I did for 10 years) and psychology research - which I have a masters in and just left a PhD program due to insufficient support on the CS side of an interdisciplinary program. I also really like writing documentation for things, because otherwise I forget things or I don't understand them, so a good reason to need to explain things and write them is lovely. I don't know if there's anything I'm not at least curious about. But I'm early enough that it's hard to say that there is anything specific that I'm passionate about. That said, I'm really interested in diving into accessibility, once I finish getting my foundation stuff in UX done.
I have cats, I like both, and actually I like darned near all animals (not cockroaches because of how they move, mosquitoes because they carry nasty things and their bites itch, and ticks because of the aforementioned nasty things).