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Ask About My Taste?!

By askdotcom // June 4th, 2014

Hi! My name is Quiajah and I am 13 years old. I go to Bret Harte middle school and I am in the 8th grade. I am in a leadership class where we participate in the Spark program. This program gives us a look at a company and the different jobs for our future. I chose Ask.com, an Internet company, so I could learn about how a technology company operates. I noticed that Ask has more than just engineers. There is a need for writers in a tech company as well. For this project, I wrote a blog to understand the writing and editing process. Ask.com interviewed me about my favorite foods and I worked with my mentors to edit and post the blog. Hope you enjoy it!

Q: Tell us a little more about yourself?

I am from Oakland, CA, and my favorite things to do in my free time are draw, cook , and eat. My favorite foods are tacos, hot dogs and hot wings. 

Q: What do you like about Ask.com?

One thing I noticed and liked about Ask.com was their blog (blog.ask.com).  I enjoy sharing my opinion so I want to share with you my reviews on my favorite foods.

Q:  So how do you rank your favorite foods?

Based upon their flavor, texture, cook time.

Q: Why is cook time important to you?

Because if you wait for food for too long, sometimes you don’t want it anymore.

Q:  Do you like your tacos soft or crunchy?

I like my tacos crunchy! My favorite thing about tacos are their crispy shell.

So Tacos win for texture!!!

Q:  What is your favorite flavor of hot wings?

I like Buffalo Sauce Wings and I like to dip it in ranch dressing.  Sometimes I will eat the celery, but only if I dip it in the ranch.

So Hot Wings win for flavor!!!

Q: How do you like your hotdog cooked?

I like it grilled. It is fast and easy and I like the way the charred part tastes.

So Hot Dogs when for cook time!!!

Q: At the end of the day, which food would you choose to be your favorite?

Hot Wings! They are easy to eat, delicious, and spicy. I recommend getting wings from Wingstop in Oakland! They are the best!!!

- Quiajah, Student at Bret Harte Middle School, Oakland 

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My Mentorship at Ask.com

By askdotcom // December 16th, 2013

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Ask.com is a popular website that people visit to get their questions answered. I had the chance to have my own experience at Ask.com through the Spark Oakland program – a national mentoring program for middle school students. I was matched with the public relations team at Ask because I like to write. My mentors were Valerie Combs, vice president of corporate communications and Suraya Akbarzad, senior PR manager.

My experience at Ask.com was unbelievable and I met a lot of new and professional people. I thought it was going to be boring and old fashioned. It wasn’t - the offices were decorated with cute and fun toys and the people look like they really enjoy their jobs. I also saw that Ask.com cares about their users. 

For my Spark project, we decided to do a social media campaign. The first piece of the project was this blog post! Together we discussed the activities of each day and began writing the post. We knew we needed pictures to go with the post so we went to the roof of the Ask.com building and took pictures under the Ask logo. As you can see – I had a great time! We also worked on a Facebook post and a tweet to help spread the word. We came up with hashtags for the posts and tweet. An Instagram post will be coming later tonight from our Discover Night presentation. 

My experiences throughout the mentoring program showed me how companies work on social media campaigns and other company announcements. My mentors showed me the different Ask.com sites and social media channels and taught me what their jobs are all about. I was even able to get a sneak peek of the company’s end-of-year announcements.

I really learned a lot at Ask.com and am excited to present my project at our Discovery Night showcase tonight!

- Angelica, Student at Bret Harte Middle School, Oakland 

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