Jose Moreno, The Programming Ex-Con Who Changed His Life
If I Can Do It, So Can You
I served 80% of a two-year sentence in a level 2 prison. This wasn’t as bad or scary as a lot of people assume. The actual worst part is the fact you don’t have your freedom. As far as the danger aspect, as long as you are not extremely ‘strange’, got pride problems, or anger issues, the danger chance is low, at least in the prison I was at… I digress. So if it wasn’t for my incarceration I would’ve probably died or continued living for negative ideas and selfish ambitions.
When incarcerated I began to focus on reading and learning. I would see many prisoners speak of waiting to be released, only to return to the same way of thinking. What caused this? I believe a lack of proper education and a lack of embedded love for learning from an early age contributed to this. Maybe it wasn’t the full cause, but it added to it significantly and I knew when I got out of there, I would continue learning, and I would use what I learned to help others become passionate about learning, and bring positive change to society. We can all learn from each other!
After I applied I began searching for more courses and ran into freeCodeCamp. This site was new to me, and immediately I began the next part of my journey. I got accepted into the school and I begin April 10th 2017. I am excited and I am yet to finish all of the freeCodeCamp’s challenges but I am passionate about doing so. I am excited to get to the non-profit section as well because giving back is the most amazing feeling ever. There will be more to this story, but for now, this is where I am at. A beginner coder, with a fire burning within. A programmer who seeks to learn the craft not so much for monetary gain, but for the love of the challenge and for the love of learning. And overall the love of the free distribution of knowledge through human communication. I have begun coding videos available here that help me to reinforce what I learn, but others may get something out of it as well, all I ask is that they return the favor to someone else if they can, when they can. (:
— Jose Moreno
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