“Once you stop learning, you start dying” –Albert Einstein. This is a quote that I essentially live by. Since around middle school, I’ve always told my mother that I didn’t like the systematic feel of school but I love learning and education. I’d read books and study people and things inside and outside of school. I’ve learned to make it a point in my life to learn something everyday that I didn’t know the day before. I’m interested in many things ranging from Philosophy and psychology to art and technology. The only problem lies within the expensive investment and the specificity of learning in obtaining a college degree. I knew I wanted to learn and experience so many things but college didn’t feel right to me so I took matters into my own hands.
Senior year in high school I began finding a different direction to take, a way out of the rat race, a path that my parents and school counselors among many others had urged me to take, but I didn’t think I was ready for commitment. I found a program called Uncollege based in San Francisco who’s mission and purpose was to guide their fellows into a world where you are your own advocate, a world where you call the shots and you can do with your life as you please. After thorough research, I found that all of their beliefs and practices were directly in line with mine so I applied and got accepted.
The Uncollege curriculum is divided into three segments: Voyage, Launch and Internship. For voyage, I travelled to Huanchaco Peru and volunteered in the community, using my free time to find out what I wanted to do with my life. Ultimately, it wasn’t until the Launch phase in San Francisco where I figured out my passion for technology. Watching self-driving cars whizz by me in the streets and people commuting on Boosted Boards, I realized that technology is growing exponentially and doesn’t look as though it will slow down any time soon. Ten years ago, who would’ve thought you would be able unlock your iPhone with your unique fingerprint or even your own face?! Five years ago, who would’ve thought you could get out of your car and watch it park itself? Someone, a human just like me, apart of a group or team of more humans made that happen. Someone spoke to the car’s computer and gave it instructions on how to complete that task. Realizing that, I also saw an opportunity learn and an opportunity to create. If technology is going to continue to grow, and I’m in the field of technology, I will also grow and create. I chose software engineering because I believe that learning the language of computers in an age where technology is constantly growing is essential if I want to be apart of that growth and learning opportunity. I chose to apply to the Holberton School because their beliefs are in line with experience and time to actually take your mistakes and efficiently learn from them, as oppose to the twelve week coding bootcamps available. An internship where I can gain valuable experience within the software engineering field is also included in their 2 year curriculum, something that bootcamps typically don’t offer. Holberton School’s belief of financial safety and their confidence of only charging a student for tuition after successful job placement brings comfort to me that I feel only Holberton can bring. So in conclusion, I chose to be a software engineer not only because I love learning but also because I plan on being apart of the advancement of technology and I chose Holberton School because all of their beliefs and practices directly align with mine.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ––Benjamin Franklin