Why I want to Change Careers

“Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again.” -Bikram Choudhury.

I’m a child of the Internet.

Growing up, I remember there was always a computer class involved in my school curriculum. At home, my dad was so interested in computers that we got a Compaq computer the day he was able to afford it. I would sit in front of it for hours, waiting for AOL to boot up so I could surf the web.

In elementary and middle school, Neopets was the site to be on. It was there I began dabbling in HTML and, in middle school, CSS when creating websites and livejournals was the cool thing to do.

In high school, I went a step further, messing around in my computer’s system files and rewriting video game code so that my downloaded mods would work.

Although I’ve always had this interest, for some reason I never put two and two together. I didn’t think I was smart enough to pursue a career in software development. “Programming” brought up images of hackers sitting behind computers and breaking into secret files.

So, when I went to college I looked for a degree that would highlight another strong skill of mine: writing. I did what I was supposed to: joined my college newspaper, got some internships, became a reporter.

Then, one day while I was bored, I logged into Codeacademy and started going through some courses.

I was hooked.

Since then I’ve been building my programming knowledge, doing free courses, reading programming books and participating in easy challenges I could find online. Along the way, something clicked: I really enjoyed programming. I would spend hours combing through forums looking for guides on how to do something. When my programming worked I actually felt joy. When it didn’t I would pour over my code trying to figure out where I went wrong.

One day I woke up and realized, I really wanted to become a software developer.

That desire didn’t go away. Instead of burying it and accepting my life as a journalist, I started looking at universities. I thought about going back to school.

Then, I started reading on bootcamps. I looked at places like Hack Reactor, Epicodus, Dev Bootcamp.

I also found the Holberton School. I read up on reviews on it, looked at it’s curriculum. What made the Holberton School different is it’s take on tuition. I didn’t have to shell out thousands of dollars to take this bootcamp: I would pay the school back via a percentage of my salary after graduation.

Their success, their payment, was linked to my success. That really spoke to me.

I think I learn best by doing. When I don’t understand something, especially in coding, I usually sit down and work through the problem in Sublime. The fact that Holberton uses projects as ways to learn is awesome. Also, being surrounded by peers in a physical school is unbeatable.

So, I made the decision to apply.

And here I am.

I hope that you’ll consider accepting me into the Holberton School. I’m so motivated, so dedicated to learning programming that I know I will make an excellent student and will be a shining example for you to use.

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