The end of an era…the beginning of another

In December I finished up the Web Development Immersive(WDI) at General Assembly(GA). For my final project I submitted ActStat, a web application that exposes you to different statistics about your city and then as your click on a statistic you are redirected to a page with a list of nonprofits(actstat.daretodiscover.net). I loved working on this project. I used a JavaScript library called three.js and used Rails on the backend. It was so much fun to see what I learned in WDI come to life- it was empowering and exciting. I felt like everything I worked so hard to understand was being applied and I was able to create a product that I really cared about.

Overall, WDI was such a rewarding experience. I learned so much about how to learn and what it means to push myself in a way I never have. It was an emotional roller coaster in so many ways-some days I felt like “I got this” and other days I felt like “what just happened?” GA taught me so many valuable lessons and really taught me how to be proactive about my learning and how to go out in the world and find the resources that will help stretch me. On graduation day, I felt a rush of emotions- “how on earth is this ending?”, “school’s out {possibly} foreva..”, “I am so proud of everyone in this room,” “I am so thankful for this opportunity and for everyone who was a part of this journey…” I would recommend this program to anyone and I truly believe that the skillset of being able to bring an idea to life through web development is one that can really empower you. I am so incredibly grateful to GA for introducing me to such talented and dedicated individuals who continue to motivate me daily and for pushing me harder than I have ever been pushed. I am a better person because of it and I can say I am now a developer because of it. How insane-I am a developer! Never would I have ever thought this could be possible.

So what have I been up to since then(3 months)you ask? I told GA that I used to be a high school teacher and that I love teaching! They decided to take a chance on me and let me teach code to students! I teach night workshops of all kinds to an audience with such diverse backgrounds. I love it! I love every moment of it! I get to share what I learned and empower others at the same time! So many exclamations, but seriously I love it! I also have been volunteering for The Last Mile, a nonprofit that teaches code to men at San Quentin prison. It has been such an eye opening experience that has solidified for me that anyone who wants to learn code, can. I admire this nonprofit so much and feel so blessed to be a part of it.

I want to thank GA for everything! I want to thank my friends and family who were so supportive and encouraging through my entire learning process.

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