Holberton School Personal Statement

I once read that it takes ten thousand hours of practice to become great at something, I have only amassed one thousand two hundred hours in pharmacy settings — I can still see that I have a long ways to go. This was the very first line I wrote on my personal statement when I applied to Pharmacy School. Lo and behold I made it through the stringent application cycle and was accepted into the pharmacy school of my choice — I felt relieved yet nervous at the same time. Flash Forwarding to my first few months in pharmacy school, I soon realized that unlike my classmates I was not enjoying my time there. Not because the material was difficult rather, I just felt disconnected and unable to put in all my effort. I was unhappy; with that I made the hard choice to take a leave of absence to find myself and to do something that I truly enjoy doing.

Even though I currently hold a Bachelors degree in biochemistry I don’t see myself doing anything specific in that field due to my lack of interest. This is one of the main reasons that I want to pursue an education software development, the other reason is that this time I am doing it for myself. I have always told others that if I had to do it all again I would have majored in computer science, and now I have that chance. My foray into computers started of a bit rocky, I was born in the 90’s and my family couldn’t afford to have a computer, my only chance to use one was at school. Every single day I would stay after school for two hours at first learning to type and then to understand everything I could about them. It wasn’t until my uncle a programmer, moved to California that my passion and interest grew toward the field. I was always fascinated by the software he was able to write and implement into an application. He would always talk to me about what he was working on and its purpose, along with teaching me a few tips and tricks along the way in order for me to give it a try. His encouragement and my drive to learn about technology and its applications to the real world is what continues to push me forward towards a career in software development.

I think it’s been over a year since I first heard about Holberton and quickly followed them on twitter. I was quickly curious about this new approach that was project based learning and how that methodology differed from that of a coding boot camp and traditional university education. Further more that fact that there was no upfront costs associated with the program, only after you found a secure employment meant that a person controlled how successful they want to be in their career. All these aspects are reasons why I want to attend Holberton School, truth be told I actually tried a coding boot camp but had to leave the program after two weeks because of the costs associated with. At the time they charged over $12,000 up front, unfortunetly I just could not afford it. After going through this experience I can relate with what I feel is toughest entry barrier into learning software development, and this is why I admire Holberton’s approach so much. I want to be a part of this movement with Holberton so that I can be one step closer to reaching my dreams.

For the longest time, I struggled to find something that I could see myself getting up and doing every day. Looking back at the past several years of college, I’ve had my share of difficult times that left me questioning what I wanted to be. But ever since I decided to make this change towards something I truly enjoy, I know that I’ve developed my communication skills, the scientific background, the artistic and critical-thinking abilities, and, most of all, the drive necessary to successfully transition into software development. I am ready for my new beginning. I am driven; I am confident.