Anna Yan

Frontend Engineer, Middletown, NY

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Anna Yan

Frontend Engineer

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How did you get into engineering?

I was a dance student in high school and into college. I loved it, but thinking long-term, I knew I ultimately wanted to pursue something else. I tried a few things, but nothing really stuck. When Covid hit, a friend recommended I try out software engineering. I had never even remotely considered going into tech, but I figured, why not? Spoiler alert: this one stuck!

The day to day is a bit a lot different from dance, but there’s a core similarity that I think makes it click for me: dance and engineering are both just about experiences. The more you hone your skills, the better of an experience/product you can contribute to, and the more joy you can deliver to the user/audience :)

What is your day to day?

I like to wake up early so that I have a good chunk of time to do things that are important to me without being rushed: meditating, going on a run, tackling general todos I’ve pushed off, and eating my favorite meal of the day, breakfast. To quote the great Leslie Knope, “We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, and work.”

I open up my computer around 9:30, and then it’s checking Slack, emails, attending meetings, and coding until lunch. From there until the end of my day I usually have a good block of blissful, uninterrupted work time. I’m not much of a night person, so I’ll definitely be in bed by 10:00, and then it’s from the top all over again.

What do you do in your spare time?

I spend most of my day in front of my computer, so when I have the time I love being outside, whether it’s hikes, runs, walks, running errands, annoying my friends’ dogs, etc. And I somehow always end up at a Trader Joe’s…

Something I started recently, though, is baking banana bread. I typically hate baking, but when the need for banana bread arises, I can get over it. I love experimenting with different variations and mix-in’s (y’all - mango dark chocolate banana bread, TRUST me), and the best part is giving myself third degree burns from inhaling a slice right out of the oven. It’s also great for clearing out random stuff in your pantry :)

What does your workspace look like?

Erm…super super organized… and you just gotta take my word for it.

What music do you listen to and why?

I don’t really have a favorite genre, I just listen to whatever sounds good to me . The end result is a hodgepodge of pop, soundtracks, a smattering of musicals, and, because I was an orchestra kid in middle school and have a soft spot for it, classical music.

I’ve been listening to music from the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra for years now because I just love how unique it is. Their orchestra is a blend of Western and traditional Eastern instruments, which makes for really incredible original compositions. As fickle as my taste is, this one that has yet to go out of rotation

‍Also, honorable mention goes to Slack huddle music - it’s fantastic.

Playlist by Anna Yan

A Little Bit of a Lot

For a little bit of everything, all of the time.

As it Was

Harry Styles


People Watching

Conan Gray


Symphonic Suite "Kiki's Delivery Ser..

Joe Hisaishi


Le Festine

Camile, Michael Giacchino


If you could compare yourself with any animal, which would it be and why?

Maybe a dog? I’m really loyal and protective of my friends and family, I love walks and am incredibly food-motivated, but also, I’ve seen dogs just stare out a window for hours on end, not a single thought inside their head, and I’ve never related to anything more in my life.

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