My first programming experience
My dream all along was to pursue a technology related course. The thought of computers just excited me, every detail about them. I was in love with technology and found it very exciting. Deep down in me, I knew I wanted to be in tech. I read tech novels, like one called the Digital Fortress, which was all about cryptography and I was thrilled. I worked hard in school, got good grades and finally, my dream came true. I was enrolled in Multimedia University to pursue Computer science. I was excited and really eager to learn more, practically on my dream field.
Classes started and there was one unit, called introduction to programming: C.I had heard of the term earlier on but wasn’t sure of what it entailed. I was super anxious to get to know this unit. The lecturer introduced us to the unit and mostly wrote codes on the board, dictating notes. I was lost all throughout and since I was fresh in campus, I was scared to ask questions. I convinced myself that I would learn about programming later on my own. I took this step and not far from what I expected and thought, I really couldn’t clearly understand the concepts. I tried consulting my friends but we were all sailing in the same boat of confusion.
I tried my best but nothing seemed to work. As humans, the next and quick option we rush to is giving up. I would just attend classes and leave without any clue of what just happened. I saw the C codes and to me, they were just some encrypted codes, waiting for the bright minds to decrypt. Assignments were given and we had a classmate who shared his codes and that was done. I developed a negative attitude towards programming and I made up my mind that that wasn’t the path I was going to take for my career. What you confess is what you possess. I had confessed I couldn’t understand programming and it just happened, I couldn’t seem to understand simple concepts.
In the middle of the semester, I attended a tech conference and from then onwards, my thinking changed. A lead software developer in Microsoft narrated his story and how he learnt every single day and that he thought he was not good enough. He talked about the imposter syndrome which was about being afraid that people will realize you aren’t good enough in what you do. His story inspired me and I decide it was time to give it a try. The internet, extensive research was my companion. I used YouTube tutorials as well as other online tutorials to advance my knowledge in programming such as w3 schools and code academy. To my surprise, with intensive practice, research and team work with my friends, programming was very interesting and fun. It wasn’t boring anymore. I enjoyed it and even researched on more programming languages, learnt their syntax and started developing programs.
Now, I’m really proud of myself and the achievements I’ve made so far and still want to learn more. I believe nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself, you have the drive, teamwork and collaboration and most of all you are committed to your work.