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Meet HeX’s work experience placement, Prentice Reek

Written by Cheryl Swan on

Prentice has joined the HeX team from John Flamsteed Community School, in Derbyshire. During his work experience placement he’ll be learning all about digital accessibility!

Hi, I am Prentice Reek. I’m a Year 10 student, doing work experience with HeX Productions.

I am a self-proclaimed nerd, interested in computers and history. I watch Star Wars, Marvel, and I have even seen some Critical Role.

Prentice headshot sat smiling with curly dark brown hair, his photo is within an orange hexagon

Why did you choose HeX for your work experience?

The reason I came to do work experience with HeX is because I aspire for a career somewhere in the tech industry. I thought working at HeX Productions would give me a look down one of the many pathways this industry has to offer.

What does your average day consist of?

My average day is sleeping in, usually until 10:00 at weekends, skipping breakfast to tend to my hobbies and homework. After lunch, I often go for a walk and after dinner is movie watching time or more homework. Then I go to sleep and do it all again.

What’s your favourite part of school?

The best part by far are my computing lessons, which I wish I had more of, when getting a coding task and building a solution on my own that works really well. Every time, I have completed a coding task on my own, I immediately I get a hit of dopamine.

Who do you admire?

I have a personal admiration for Bob Ross with his calm attitude all the time, this is because I sometimes have a problem with my temper. His general calmness is something I am envious of.

What is something few people know about you?

I used to want to pursue drama or acting, but bad teachers and self-doubt dissuaded me from dedicating myself to it. I used to look forward to every lesson, but my teachers arguably petty feedback made me dislike the entire subject.

What toppings would you choose on a pizza?

I enjoy pepperoni and cheese. I have tried other toppings, but it seems I am a simple man with simple tastes of pepperoni and cheese.

What are your top three pet peeves?

  1. Easy wilful ignorance, this gets on my nerves – when you give a thorough argument of an idea to someone and they choose to stay with their original opinion.
  2. Slow internet is something everyone can relate to, clicking a link 4-5 times then opening 4-5 of that thing.
  3. Correction of grammar/punctuation – I get annoyed by this because it highlights all the little inaccuracies of my writing, which makes me feel like I can’t do anything.

If you could be anywhere, where would you be?

If I could go/live somewhere else it would probably be Canada, because I prefer the cold over the heat of summers. I can speak two of the prominent Canadian languages English and French. Also, I have family there that I would love to meet.

Do you have a Personal Motto?

“If you hit your head against any brick wall hard enough it shall crumble.”

– Prentice Reek

I resonate with the sentiment of every problem has a solution and I like the comical nature of the Motto. I feel it expresses that anything is achievable with enough effort. I got the idea for this Motto when my computing teacher said “For coding, some of you got it and the others hit their heads against a brick wall until they did”.