puts “Hello World!”

Rachel Krupnick
May 18, 2016 · 2 min read

Hello! (oh, wait, I said that already!)

I’m Rachel. I’m a freelance theater educator/stage manager/technician who is learning how to code. My end-goal is to add freelance web development to my bag of tricks. I intend to blog here about my journey.

I have been interested in web development since the late 1990’s. I remember when we first got internet at my house, I instantly got hooked. I learned HTML, XML, and DHTML (omg, remember that?). I made my own websites on Geocities and had an e-zine. That was high school.

In college, I was a Theater major, but I did want to keep on learning programming. Unfortunately, you couldn’t take a programming class unless you had taken Calculus. To make matters worse, most CompSci majors had been programming in C for years as a hobby. I felt like there was no way I could ever catch up. And so I let it go.

A few years ago, rumors spread about upcoming layoffs at my job. I decided to prepare by re-learning web development. To my surprise, now there was tons of online support, courses, tools, and there wasn’t a significant barrier to entry. I started by learning how to make Wordpress sites. I did this for a while, and made some money creating sites for people.

About a year ago, I received the bad news, I was on the layoff list. I decided to dig in to coding even deeper. I received a scholarship to Treehouse where I completed the Front End Development Track and the Ruby on Rails track. I got a Diversity Scholarship to RailsConf 2015 in Atlanta, GA. That week was a life changer for me. I realized that this was not only something I wanted to do, but something I could do. I also realized that this was something I could do without giving up my other career.

I am a lifelong learner. I will always be taking courses in something. Currently I am in the LaunchSchool program. While I have taken a few courses on Ruby, Rails, and Javascript in the past, LaunchSchool’s curriculum is incredibly deep and has significantly changed the way I think when I code.