// JUST A GIRL FROM VERMONT
I’ve loved computers since my family got their first one in the early ‘90’s (yeah, 1990’s), but it wasn’t until college where a general requirement computer class changed everything. At the University of Vermont, I was pursuing a BS in Animal Science with the goal of working in the equine industry and one day owning my own stable.
Until I learned how to turn meaningless words & symbols into an interactive website. It was a mind-blowing experience using simple HTML to make something from nothing. From then on I was hooked. I’ve always loved art & the act of creation. Web development combined that with my passion for technology.
After I graduated I returned to school to chase my dream of becoming a freelance web designer. I got my professional certificate in web design from the Community College of Vermont and started freelancing. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with small startups and expand my skills into SEO, SEM, and content writing. This has helped me gain a greater understanding of how every aspect of a website from the content to the code impacts the other aspects of having a website and the users.
Websites aren’t just bits of code and pretty graphics. They are something more. They are hopes, dreams, goals, and livelihoods. That means they need the best care, and the best foundation to act as the main touchpoint for their end-user. This is what I strive to give every single site I work on.
The internet and my business have changed a lot since those early days. These days I transform designer mockups and wireframes into responsive, functional (mostly WordPress) websites. Two things haven’t changed though; the amazement I feel at the end of every project when I look at the beautiful and functional website that has just been given form, and my love for horses.
Embrace your truth.
// PASSIONATE DESIGNERS WANTED
I work with designers who LOVE design. Designers who want to give their clients their best work, and know that includes the code that powers their designs. If you are ready to join combine talents to give your clients the best of design & code send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with me on social media.
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Likes: Horses, cats, and all animals, ice hockey, World of Warcraft, Coffee (especially Lattes), Vermont and all Vermonty-things, weight lifting, making websites, WordPress.
Dislikes: Hot weather, being away from my animals, fake maple syrup, WYSIWYG website editors, needlessly complex code, Gutenberg.
Kara Rajchel is a front-end web developer and WordPress developer. She has been creating websites since 2009. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Information Technology: Web Design at Southern New Hampshire University and will graduate in May 2019. She has 2 cats and one horse, and currently lives in Iwakuni, Japan with her husband. She enjoys exploring Japan and eating delicious Japanese food.