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Showcase skills, work, and favorites beautifully online
I’ve completed two internships and several other projects related to software development. Been trying to start freelancing during the free time. So I was looking for a good portfolio to showcase my skills and experiences. I searched for many portfolios on Github but didn’t find that perfect fit because I am so picky when it comes to UI and UX.
So I took the challenge to design and develop the portfolio from scratch. It took me 1.5 months to come up with the portfolio.
I deployed my portfolio on Github Pages which can be found here -> https://rahuldkjain.github.io
Just change src/portfolio.js to get your personal portfolio . Feel free to use it as-is or customize it as much as you want.
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But if you want to contribute and make this much better for other developer have a look at Contributing Manual to understand the contribution steps properly.
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These instructions will get you a copy of the project up and running on your local machine for development and testing purposes.
I shared my portfolio on LinkedIn post and it felt so great that people loved it. I am about to graduate in June 2020 and excited to start the professional journey with such amazing experience.
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Will online summer camp work? A virtual path worth a try during coronavirus pandemic
For millions of kids and teens in America each year, summer camp is a cherished part of childhood. It’s often a young person’s first foray with freedom. Or maybe it’s a chance to run wild in the great outdoors, playing all day and splurging on s’mores around the campfire all night.
Whatever the case, it’s a moment in the short window of being a kid, when everyone involved can make lifelong friends and lasting memories – and parents can get a little break, too.
But this year?
“It’s another thing that COVID-19 has taken away,” parenting expert Jennifer Kelman says.
Kelman, a licensed clinical social worker and mom of 10-year-old twins, says she gets this question dozens of times every day, while she and many other families try to figure out what to do with summer camp plans. “With shelter-in-place orders, this pandemic has taken the connection away for children and adults,” she says.
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The USA has more than 14,000 year-round and summer camps serving about 20 million campers annually, along with more than a million camp workers, in an $18 billion industry, according to the American Camp Association. Now, nearly everyone involved is stuck at home trying to figure out what’s going to happen next during the pandemic. Parents are desperate for answers, while camps are scrambling to come up with a plan to avoid complete shutdown or, worse yet, the collapse of their entire business.
At least 22 programs across the country have announced they will hold some form of “online camp” this summer. Just like the internet turned office workers into remote employees overnight, “online camps” hope to bring activities and fun to kids while keeping them safe from the health crisis.
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Pivoting to online courses is a big transition for kids who expected to spend weeks socializing and making new friends. Many parents wonder if more screen time is good for kids at this point.
“My kids are changing before my eyes because of how much screen time they’re getting between online learning and just trying to physically connect with her friends,” says Leslie Sindelar, an attorney and working mom of two in Sacramento, California. “So I’m feeling very anti-tech right now. If our traditional summer camps aren’t available, do I concede and sign them up for online camp anyway?”
Trackers Earth, an Oregon-based outdoor-adventure camp company, was among the first to take its after-school and summer classes online last month, shortly after shelter-in-place orders left many parents – and kids – desperate for options. It named the virtual options Trackers Spark. “Our online camps are live, small-group interactive webinars,” Trackers co-founder Tony Deis says. “It’s usually a ratio of one teacher or guide for a maximum of eight students, and they (the instructors) bring one-of-a-kind skills and expertise to every single day, just like they do in real life.”
Trackers Spark courses are tailored to kids ages 4 to 14, and they offer just about every area of interest you could think of, from outdoor safety and survival to arts and crafts, even role-playing and lighthearted “secret agent” training. Most online camps are 30 minutes to an hour in length and run $5 to $25 for a single class, with discounts if parents buy them as a series.
Deis says the idea isn’t to distract kids with a screen but rather to use a computer or tablet as a window to the same kind of camp instructor they would follow at an in-person camp. “We want to keep kids active and connected. What each camper does varies based on the topic, but every program is more than passive screen time,” Deis says.
All of the Trackers Spark courses are offered in Pacific time zones via private, secure Zoom video calls. Trackers is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, but Deis says it’s had campers join from New York, Maryland and even Sweden to take the live classes.
“He shooed me out of the room before it started,” parent Terrie Jarrell says of her 12-year-old son’s experience in the “Realms: Elite Guard Campaign” class. “He’s not forthcoming with details, other than his party fought ogres for breakfast food.”
“These classes have been completely transformative. Particularly while we’re sheltering in place,” says Oakland mom Saray McCarthy, whose 7-year-old son is partial to the “Evil Secret Agent Academy: World Domination” class. “He LOVED the idea of being an evil spy and is really into being the double agent. Trackers creates such an immersive experience, and he just loves that.”
Just like every in-person summer camp is different, each online camp offers its own take on what kids and teens might want. Deis says most online camps break down into three categories:
Deis says his company chose to go the No. 3 route because “it lets kids be social, connecting with each other and getting personal interaction with the teacher.”
Happy Camper Live is packed with web series, live programs and a virtual tour of its Camp Starlight sleepaway camp in Pennsylvania, no VR headset required. The video activities are taught by real camp counselors, but none of them is interactive – on purpose.
“What we offer is not a Zoom room,” says Happy Camper Live founder Allison Miller. “That might work well for some of the other camps, but we already know that parents are going to be the real camp counselors this summer, and we’ve created a critical resource for both kids and parents. The whole concept is for kids to get inspired and go out and do something new.”
Happy Camper’s videos are typically two to six minutes long and cover a wide range of activities such as magic tricks, sports drills, arts and crafts projects, performing arts and outdoor skills. Each day, there are a handful of free videos, and a yearly subscription costs about $12.
Miller says the goal is to offer kids and parents dozens of different options for fun things they can learn, master and do on their own – or with each other. “We can’t bring every kid to summer camp, but we can bring summer camp to them,” she says.
Typically, one of the best things about sending the kiddos off to camp is that the adults get a bit of breathing room. That’s missing from online camps, and most of them suggest a parent or guardian be on hand – or at least nearby – for additional support.
Camp owners reiterate that online courses are not a replacement for parenting. In other words, don’t stick kids in front of a screen and zone out for the next hour or two. Trackers Spark tells parents before they register for any course that the classes need some level of guardian supervision, rated as follows:
- Phone On: Guardians must be in the same house with a phone on for notifications. Example: martial arts.
- Eyes On: Guardians must be close enough to observe and ready to help. Example: cooking.
- Hands On: Guardians must be with the camper to offer immediate help and co-guidance. Example: woodcarving.
It already is – as a “recess,” or maybe even “reset” – of sorts for parents running out of ideas to keep kids entertained, active and from fraying their last nerve.
Classes are fun, informative, engaging and an obvious relief for kids and parents alike. Last week, I learned how to walk in the woods without making any noise. I loved that, and so did the half-dozen 7- to 10-year-olds learning “tracking skills” with me. Kids seemed so excited just to have other youngsters to talk with, it really drove home the need for connection with people their own age.
As a parent, I do have one word of warning: Make sure each instructor is properly vetted, as you would with anyone you trust to care for your child, virtual or otherwise. Most in-person camps require counselors to get background checked and fingerprinted, and they must bring specific skills and experience to the environment. Make sure online camps offer the same. Then – take a deep breath – and get ready to learn some fun stuff.
All of these online options offer more than any of us could possibly dream up ourselves, so why not use what’s available at our fingertips to help us all get through these trying times? To echo what one of the camp owners said, “when kids are exposed to a lot of different things, it helps them find their passion,” even if that passion this year is right in our own backyards.
Jennifer Jolly is an Emmy Award-winning consumer tech columnist. Email her at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter: @JenniferJolly.
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Mental Health Awareness Week: does online therapy work?
These are challenging times for our mental health. The coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty around our health, our loved ones, a change to our routine and job insecurity has left many of us feeling anxious. Last week, health experts at the United Nations warned there could be a mental illness crisis on the horizon.
Paradoxically, being in lockdown has also given us the chance to face our mental health head-on, with some of us reaching out for professional help, sometimes for the first time.
Mental health services have largely shifted to online. Current figures show that the number of therapists offering online services on Counselling Directory has grown from 9,839 on 16 March to 13,593 last week, perhaps in response to lockdown.
New clients have approached Jerilee Claydon, a clinical psychotherapist, describing feeling anxious for the first time, despite leading hectic lives. “Would these clients have sought therapy at some other stage in life? Perhaps,” Claydon says, “but without the nudge of lockdown it’s unlikely they would have addressed their unhealthy coping strategies, with life so full of distractions.”
Lockdown has been a “turning point” for Emily Nuttall, a 26-year-old student from Guernsey, who has been seeing a psychologist to treat her anxiety and anorexia since 2017, and switched to telephone appointments in February this year. “Although lockdown has been hard, it also made me realise I haven’t dealt with a lot of stuff,” she says. Usually, she leads a busy life, but she says lockdown has made her sit down and stop. As a result, she is now focusing more on her treatment and using online resources.
There has been a steady stream of demand for therapy during lockdown, according to Dr Rachel Allan, a counselling psychologist who now sees most of her clients on Zoom. However, there might be an increased demand for services in the aftermath too, according to Frances Taylor, a counsellor with Counselling Directory, who describes this time as the “quiet before the storm”.
There has been a decrease in emergency and routine presentations in people with eating disorders, which is “concerning”, says Professor Sandeep Ranote, Greater Manchester clinical director for mental health and paediatric psychiatrist in eating disorders. “Lockdown and Covid does not mean eating disorders have disappeared.”
She says there could be a spike in referrals when children go back to school, and worries what will happen three to nine months down the line, as “the psychological impact of Covid is still yet to be really realised”. Professor Ranote urges those struggling to reach out. Online therapy and psychiatric assessments are now available online (although some might also need an in-person physical examination, which is still available.)
But how effective is virtual therapy? The following are the perks and pitfalls off online and telephone therapy and counselling, according to mental health professionals and those receiving help.
One of the main perks of online therapy is you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Not only is this more convenient, but it could enhance the quality of your sessions, according to Relate couples counsellor Simone Bose, who finds couples are “a little bit more relaxed because they’re in their own space”.
This is true of Sarwar Khan, 37, and his partner of eight years, Farideh Lappage, 42. The couple have been in counselling since November, as they were having communication issues, but switched to Zoom calls in mid-March. It has worked for them, according to Khan. “From the comfort of your home, you’re a bit more relaxed, naturally less guarded and more willing to open up,” he says.
Face-to-face discussion can be intimidating, according to Dr Allan. “If you are exposing something where perhaps there’s a fear of judgement or there’s raw emotion, doing that with another individual in front of you might just feel overly threatening,” she explains. Online therapy, by contrast, feels “safe”.
This has been the case for Julia Portelly, 26, who has been having CBT with a therapist over Zoom for the past six months to combat stress and anxiety. “Seeing someone over video, it’s a lot less intimate,” she says, “so you can have your little cry, you can take as many notes as you need to, and draw diagrams, and you don’t feel like you’re under so much pressure.”
Nonetheless, online therapy is not perfect. Firstly, there’s the issue of privacy. If your home has thin walls or your windows are open, you might worry that your family, housemates or neighbours can overhear your conversation with your therapist. “If you’re talking and you feel like they can hear you, then it affects how you open up in sessions,” says Bose. Portelly has found this an issue with her housemates.
You might also have issues with internet connection or, more importantly, getting an intimate connection, according to Dr Allan. “The value of being in a room in a physical space with somebody, a shared space, and the depth of connection that can be achieved there. I don’t think online therapy can rival that.”
Emily Nuttall has found it “really hard to adjust” to telephone appointments with her psychologist. “I sometimes struggle to express how I feel because I think an eating disorder is quite a secretive illness,” she says.
On the phone, she might not tell the whole truth to her therapist, she admits. “I might not be able to find the words and just say I’m fine. Whereas if I’m in person my mask is off and I start to reveal a bit more about what I’m thinking or feeling.”
However, she says she is grateful to her psychologist for still being available, and that he has “really helped”. Even so, when the pandemic is over she wants to go back to face-to-face therapy.
She’s not alone. From a therapist’s point of view, it can be easier when a client is in front of them. Body language is “not so pronounced, perhaps, when the connection is through a screen,” Dr Allan says. This means you are “depending much more on the verbal communication of the client than you are when they’re face-to-face”.
This can be even more challenging over the phone, according to Peter Klein, a psychotherapist on Counselling Directory, who offers telephone and video counselling. “Over the phone, of course the disadvantage is that I can’t see the movements that they’re doing, so I can’t see if someone is responding emotionally to what I’m saying,” he says. “So some of the information gets missed.”
Nonetheless, he argues that telephone appointments “tend to flow better” than Zoom calls. “People are less self-conscious because there’s no camera,” he says, “and they focus much more on the content of their thoughts or expressing what’s bothering them, instead of how they come across”.
Online therapy has been a “revelation” for Dr Allan and she, Taylor and Bose have all said they will try to incorporate more remote sessions even after the pandemic. Bose believes there will be “more of an uptake for it” after lockdown, especially for those with children or who work from home.
Portelly is one of the converted. While she had face-to-face counselling five years ago, she now prefers her Zoom calls. “I wouldn’t go back,” she says. “This is perfect.” She says her sessions have made her “more balanced and a lot more positive” and have given her the tools to deal with bad days. “I would recommend it to anybody.”
Not everyone is convinced. “I think face-to-face sessions are still more effective because you get the whole picture of the person,” says Klein. “When there’s no camera there, it seems easier – especially for anxious clients – to get in a flow state, where they can just talk about their problems.”
Going forward, the answer perhaps lies in a mixture of in-person and virtual offerings.
Firstly, you should make yourself comfortable. Portelly recommends “sitting somewhere that’s nice and warm”, perhaps with a hot water bottle and blanket. While you should strive for comfort, “being in bed in your pyjamas might stop you from focusing,” according to Louise Chunn, who now runs the therapy website, welldoing.org.
On a logistical point, you should position your camera so the therapist can see a bit of your body (especially your hands), as this makes it “easier to gauge reactions,” according to Klein.
Your therapist can help too, by describing their setting. Khan and Lappage’s counsellor described the room he was in, and asked the couple to describe their living room, which “put us at ease,” Khan says.
During your session it might be worth taking notes. “When I’m in my sessions, I’m usually quite upset so I might forget what exactly it is that I was talking about,” Portelly explains. Taking notes has really helped her. “Scribble down whatever nonsense you want – you can always make sense of it later,” she advises.
20 May 2020 • 9:00am