Day 11 of #100DaysofHustle: Introducing Roisin!

I’m in the red jumper.

A bit about you?

Hi. I’m Roisin and I’m a serial quitter. I dropped out of university some 3 years ago and since then I’ve been milling around wondering what to do next.

I have a chest of drawers full of forgotten hobbies. Unused rolls of film from the time I was determined to get into film photography and quit before I opened the box, expired vouchers for hot yoga classes, a ukelele, leg weights, unopened boxes of paints and half read books. I’ve quit the gym 3 times, signed up to life drawing classes and turned around when I was near the door. Someone disable my Groupon account. Please.

Before I left, I was studying Fine Art at Central Saint Martins and all the work I was doing was digital and influenced by net art/postinternet. The course wasn’t for me and my Dick Whittington-esque view of London faded so I moved back to Liverpool. I’ve since been working in retail and doing my own creative projects on the side, but not enough of them. I was talking to a friend a couple of months ago about how I was desperate to get back into creating properly and the next day she sent me a link to an application for a 10 week digital and creative skills course run by Innovators Hub (now OH).

Me: I might apply for this digital skills course.
My friend, Mark: I thought you were moving to Spain?

With my Duolingo app gathering pixelated dust and my online TEFL course close to expiring, I applied for Catalyst. I started the course 6 weeks ago and haven’t quit.

What does the future look like for you?

I have absolutely no idea what I’ll be doing in the future but attending Catalyst every Tuesday is opening my eyes to so much. Liverpool is full of opportunities and I’m excited to see which path I take.

What will you be doing during #100DaysofHustle?

I will be primarily learning code because my childhood dream of becoming a hacker hasn’t quite disappeared. I’ll also be getting to grips with Illustrator a bit more as I’m self taught. I know that “If I click the button with the squiggly line, that thing happens” but that’s not too useful. I’m using Code Academy and the app Enki for coding, and I just signed up for a 30 day free trial of Lynda which I’m using for both code and design. I’m obsessed with Lynda! When my trial finishes I’ll be getting a subscription as there are a bunch of course on UX design which I’m interested in but don’t think I’m quite there yet.

What have you done today?

I’ve been learning HTML using Code Academy but today I started a Lynda course on Javascript. I’m only 10% into it but I find it useful to learn a bit more about it before I start practicing. I’m also enjoying watching tutorials rather than just reading instructions.

I’m now watching RuPaul’s Drag Race with a cup of tea and waiting for the storm to come.

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