A new life for a new world

Well, my name is Arnaud Lopez, I am 21 years old and I live near Lyon in France.

I obtained my economic and social high school diploma in June 2013, and since then I work in jobs that do not require any special reflection.

Without a diploma and without experience, many doors close in the world of work, and I have experienced it.

In September 2015 I decided to register in law school to resume studies, unfortunately very quickly arrested. During my years as a student, I understood that the French education system isn’t for me. I have no particular knowledge in computer science, no training, no diploma, but I am a curious person, and i think this is a quality that only a few people have.

Initially, I planned to leave in September 2017 in California to make a road trip in the national parks reputed beautiful. When I learned that the Holberton school was established there I immediately became interested.

Why do I want to become a software engineer?

I want to become a Software Engineer for one reason.

The world we know is constantly changing, and it’s true that when you look at it, you realize that technology has evolved at an absolutely incredible speed.

On the basis of this observation, it is logical to think that many of the trades we know will disappear in favor of new technologies. I am thinking in particular of the medical sector, the administrative sector, the financial sector, as well as many manual trades.

Technology is the future, but above all, it is our present.

If one has assimilated this, if one wishes to participate, to invest, and especially not to remain passive in the evolution of our era, the choice to orient oneself in this branch is self- even.

Technology has always fascinated me, and after four years of reflection on my professional and personal future, I do not see myself outside of this environment.

And that’s why I’m going to give myself thoroughly to realize all the stages of selections!

Why do I want to join the Holberton School?

So that’s a question that I would have no problem answering.

After having mandatory studies I soon realized that the national education brought me nothing.

The educational system is badly thought out and above all badly achieved. We are taught hundreds of things to regurgitate them during competitions and exams. The educational system is based in reality on memory, not on learning in itself. And this is one of the main causes of school failure. We are not taught to find information, to understand it, to analyze it. The French education system has not been thoroughly reformed for 200 years. Now, in a society where everything is changing quickly, it is inconceivable that the very foundation of our education has not changed.

That’s why I already had the idea of ​​going to study in another country. Unfortunately, once out of the school system there are many constraints to being accepted into a foreign school.

My choice quickly turned to the United States, because it is a country that attracts me enormously, among other things for the mentality that values ​​entrepreneurship. And that’s when I heard about school 42. A new training system, no teachers but tutors, no end-of-course exams, but continuous follow-up.

So I looked for the same kind of school abroad, and I came across the Holberton School.

Many points quickly attracted my attention, and I immediately hooked on the concept.

First of all, the fact that the school is located in California who is a part of the United States that makes you dream. Due to its history, its culture, and especially the beauty of the place. This is not the most important point, but I think that if the living environment does not fit, envy and motivation are not there.

The second point is autonomy, both in the school and in the admissions stages. I understand that the purpose of the steps is not to verify our knowledge, but simply to teach us to look for the information that we lack. For the moment I managed to find all the information that was needed, despite all I very much apprehend the creation of the site but I know that I can do it, I am really motivated!

The third point is the mentors. The fact of not having this cleavage teacher / student but well a real sharing of knowledge is a huge plus in the autonomy of learning, and I say yes to 100%!

The last point is the partnerships that the school has with many internationally renowned companies. I think that if you really want to get involved in the future and future technologies, you have to work with these companies.

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thank you @holberton school