My Start In Programming

First, let me start with a little bit about myself. My name is Estefania Flores and I’m 23. I grew up in a small city in Central California and let me just say, I never thought I’d be where I am now. I moved to the Bay Area, by myself, to pursue tech.

I was never really into computers. My family never really had the resources when I was growing up to even own one. When I had to do projects I’d have to go to a friend’s house or work at school. I only learned what I needed to learn to finish things like essays, everything else was unnecessary to me so I never really felt comfortable on a computer other than with Microsoft Word. Eventually my parents bought a computer but, I definitely did not use it to its full potential. Word and MySpace and later Facebook was all I was using it for.

Later, when I started college my brother in law got into tech and programming. He would show me what he was working on and I remember thinking, “I have no clue what this means, I don’t care.” He suggested I try it out for myself to see if I enjoyed it and might be something I could pursue. After following a tutorial for creating something that now seems super easy on Codecademy, I was hooked.

I signed up for Skillcrush while still going to school, as a biology major, and then slowly started realizing what I really liked. I loved being able to build something from nothing. There is something so perfect about seeing something you built and saying to yourself, “holy crap, I did that.” With Skillcrush I learned basic frontend concepts like HTML/CSS, Javascript and also basic Ruby. It helped me dip my toe into programming.

Later, I dropped out of school and pursued programming through an online bootcamp called Bloc.io. This is when I realized this was something I could do forever. This was when I started thinking about how to solve problems more efficiently in my head, even while doing every day things. I wanted more and could not get enough, I felt so accomplished finishing projects that I could not wait to do one after another.

I have really fallen in love with programming. I love the sense of accomplishment and that it’s always changing, there is always something new to learn or a more efficient way of doing what you just finished. There have definitely been struggles and times of frustration but, it has only made me better. I’m addicted and I know this is just the beginning.