A behind the scenes look at the Eyewire community.
Meet the Eyewirers who are mapping the brain. Today’s featured Eyewirer is @r3.
My name is Anke and currently I am a chief editor for several projects online, mainly in German/English. After I completed my Master of Arts in Germany in Comparative Literature and South-American Anthropology I worked in India as a travel journalist and returned to Germany for a while but got somehow bored so I decided to move to Gibraltar and Spain for a period after I got a job offer. Writing is compulsory for me and I love my job with my team that is distributed all over the world.
In my free time I try to do as much sports as I can – Piloxing, Inline Skating, running, even gym though I dont like it too much and Yoga for the balance. Water sports in summer but way too cold in winter 😀
Why do you play Eyewire?
Usually it’s a very relaxing activity for me – I used to do a lot of jigsaw puzzles but having moved 10 times in 5 years it is difficult to carry things around with you. Eyewire is not only the perfect substitute online but I dont feel guilty as well – I am no fan at all of any video games – because I actually do some contribution towards science. Greatest excuse ever! Oh and of course, great community, very friendly, open-minded people I appreciate a lot as a part of this game.
How did you discover Eyewire?
I am working for my company completely remotely but co-working spaces in Spain are not easy to find. WeWork.com is a business that has been specialising in providing co-working spaces all over the world and I do basically worship them for what they do even they haven’t arrived in Spain yet. One day they published on their Twitter-feed a tweet about Eyewire which of course I had to try out. Rest is history 😉
Share a story that helps the world get to know you.
Tough one, there are so many stories. I think what pretty much sums me up was how I ended up Gibraltar: I was working for a women’s magazine in Cologne and it was dreadful writing about nonsense and not even half as much fun as you would think.
I got a call from an agency if I would be interested to fly to Spain/Gib for a job interview with a German startup about Poker. I had played Poker before but I had actually no clue, however, I flew over for the worst job interview of my life – so I thought – where they basically vivisected me 4 long hours. A few days later I got the call if I can start in one week and so I quit my job with basically no notice period, informed my speechless parents, packed everything that seemed important to me in 2 suitcases and off I went, leaving Germany, family and friends behind me for a trip in the big, scary unknown.
I have met and worked with people from all over the world that sometimes became friends, good and not so good experiences but lived more than anything a life I would never have dreamed of.
What I learned: If you are not happy, leave. Try other things. There is not such a thing like ‘I can’t’ – just do it, take the risk, if you fail another way will open up but the most important thing is to do it before you regret it later. Life is far too great not to experience it!
Anything Else you’d like to add?
Not really. Always happy to chat about several things and enrich my knowledge as well as connecting with other people. Eyewire is a great platform for this! And thanks to HQ for the hard work and Amy for being such an inspiration, every time I read Lean In I have to think of you! 🙂
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