Alumni Spotlight | Sonny Kim, iOS Development

By BrainStation November 29, 2016

Meet Sonny, BrainStation Alumni and recent grad from BrainStation Toronto’s part-time iOS Development course. Learn about Sonny’s experience, and how his course helped land his upcoming internship.


Let’s start with an introduction of yourself, what’s your name, where do you live, what do you do?

My name is Seung Hyun Kim, but I go by Sonny. I live near Kensington area, close to my university. I’m a student at University of Toronto finishing off the third year of my study in Computer Science and Statistics.

What course did you take at BrainStation, and when did you take it?

I recently took the iOS Development class at BrainStation offered in Fall 2016.

What was the most challenging part of your course?

The most challenging part of my course was when I was stuck in coding problem on weekends. Instructors were always there for me (even on weekends), but I sometimes just felt bad asking for help while they were possibly set back and drinking couple cold ones.

Did you have a favourite part of your experience with BrainStation?

The favourite part of my experience with BrainStation was the great instructors with well organized course materials. I was very impressed with things we do in the class, which was heavily focused on hands-on projects. Although first couple weeks were reviewing what I learned at school, it was essential since I lacked in basic foundation in Swift language. I loved how not only instructor is there to help you but also the TAs. They work in the relative field to iOS Development, and I was able to get some professional experience over the shoulders from them. As a student, this was a huge asset for me in getting an internship position.

Did you do work outside of class?

I did homework and tried to make basic applications on my own. After 7 classes, I was able to make an app that is able to keep scores of individual players. I made this so that I didn’t have to waste papers playing board games.

What do you do now?

I will still be in school finishing my third year of study, and thanks to this course I got an internship position at RBC Headquarter downtown!

How has the course helped you in your career?

The hands-on projects got me to be able to have cool things to put on my resume. Talking about what I built in the interview impressed the interviewer also, which got me a job after all.

Would you recommend BrainStation to a friend?

I certainly would, especially to those who are still in school. This is a great opportunity to grow as a better programmer and a better candidate for your dream job.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I love making new friends and I think age is just a simple number so, if you want to get hold of me, you can email me here: [email protected] I’m also a serious diner who loves trying out new food. If you think you can step up my pallet or are a sushi lover, we should definitely meet up.

Interested in learning more about iOS Development at BrainStation? You can request a syllabus here.


Sonny Kim, iOS Development Alumni