Afternoon “T” with Feyza

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I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much during a session of “Afternoon T”. Feyza came to us at the end of 2017 and won us over with her refreshing humour, beaming smile and lovable daughter Ada. Quiet at first, this strong woman moved to Vancouver from Turkey and started working with us almost immediately. She is meticulous, straightforward, and might catch you off guard with her witty banter. It’s obvious that her family and culture mean everything to her, and she finds joy in the little things, especially cooking. With an infectious laugh, Feyza has a fresh approach to life.

Quick intro:

Position: QA Lead

Favourite Game: I don’t play many games, but the last game I played was Mario as a child

Fun Fact: I can easily cry while watching romantic movies

Last Movie Watched: Julie & Julia. It was about cooking

Favourite Food: All Turkish food, especially iskender – bread on the bottom with thin meat, then tomato sauce and yogurt on top

Tell us about yourself. What’s your story/background?

“I was born in Turkey and lived there until I was 25. I graduated in Computer Science in Turkey from Bilkent University, then we moved to the United States as my husband completed his Masters degree in Criminology. He then applied for his PhD at SFU, and we moved to Vancouver permanently. I guess my husband is the one who changed my life. I always thought I would live in Turkey forever. I never imagined I would be living in Vancouver for a year and a half. I started at TTT after only living in Canada for one month. I also have a daughter named Ada. ”

How did you end up at TTT? First Impressions?

“When we came here, I started looking for a job and applied to TTT. I guess it went well because you called me and now I’m here! When I got the job, It had only been one month since I moved to Vancouver, so not long at all. People around me were very impressed since finding a job in Canada is really competitive, so I’m very proud of myself. I find TTT really warm and family friendly. When I came here with my 8 month old daughter and I told Chris that I would need to leave early to take care of her. The first thing he said was “Family first.” They value family greatly here which really impressed me. Everyone was so helpful. The people at TTT were the first people I met in Canada so it’s a very special group to me.”

What are some interesting things about yourself?

“I like travelling. I love being able to go somewhere I’ve never seen before. It’s my dream to travel the whole world before I die, even if I have kids. When you have a kid, it definitely makes it harder to travel. When we were still in Turkey, I often visited other European countries like France, Italy, Spain. To save money for travelling, I could live with only two t-shirts for a whole year.” (I thought this was the funniest way of looking at it, but we get it. She likes to travel).

What’s your most memorable moment working at TTT?

“The scavenger hunt last year. It was the first time that I participated in an event fully. I really felt a part of the company. It was so cool, funny and enjoyable. I felt like a kid again! And even after the scavenger hunt, I’m still looking for license plates that are east of Quebec!” (which was one of the tasks on the scavenger hunt list. Your head never leaves the game).

What is your secret super power? (something you’re very good at, that not everyone knows)

“I cook very well, especially Turkish food. My mom is a really good cook so I learned everything from her. I still call her sometimes to ask about recipes, but I hardly need to use them now. I try to cook by feel, and what I think would taste good in the dish. Most people that know me like my cooking. Even me!

Actually when I was in Turkey, I wanted to quit my job and become a cook. When I told my parents, they looked at me and said ‘Are you crazy?!’ Back then, it was my dream to open a Turkish restaurant.”

What do you enjoy working on the most?

“I’m QA. When the project is complete and the team thinks it’s ready and bug free, they will comfortably give me the project to review. This is the time where I find the holes, crashes and bugs. It’s really the best time for me. Because even though the developers think the project is good to go, I can find a lot of things wrong with it. My point of view is very different than theirs. I can find a lot of things they don’t always look for. It’s really fulfilling for me.”

What do you like to do in your free time?

“When I go home, my daughter just wants to play with me. It’s like a duty I have but I enjoy playing with her. Being with my family – my husband and daughter, is what I like doing. Things as simple as having lunch or dinner with them, and enjoying time with my daughter especially. It’s the best thing I could do with my free time. I’m like a family-friendly friend.” (The best ones are!)

Who do you look up to? (Who is your hero?) Why?

“My brother. He’s older than me by 14 years, so he was like a father to me. I learned everything from him when I was young. He is incredibly smart. I haven’t seen him in 3 years, so it’s pretty tough, but he is my hero. Our paths are very similar. We went to the same schools and university programs, and he’s also a developer. I’ve always followed him through life.”

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