Officially Hacked: How I Got To HackerYou

I’m 1 week deep in HackerYou’s Full-Time Front-End bootcamp and it’s been awesome!

Before HackerYou, I was a fresh Communication Studies graduate from York University thinking I knew exactly what I wanted as a career. I had worked towards getting a career in the entertainment industry for a while. First as a musician — mostly writing music and performing all over the GTA — then trying to pursue a career in TV production for the last 4 years as my fall-back plan.

I continued to work towards getting a job with TV production and media companies as I had already been interning/volunteering within the industry for a while now and made so many great connections along the way. I did my last internship in April with Bell Media this year and halfway through it, I was losing a bit of steam, rethinking what I wanted to do with my future. I knew I wanted to do something creative, as I don’t ever want to pursue a career where I would have to compromise my creativity.

I then came across web development by accident — something that was completely foreign to me. I heard about HackerYou through a good friend of mine that had taken the part-time Ruby-on-Rails course and he invited me to come to his final demo day. I came to support him and without expecting it, I was completely blown away by the work that had been produced by all of the students in the class.

From that point onwards, without me even actually realizing it, there was a seed that had been planted. I signed up for the Ladies Learning Code intro to HTML and CSS workshop and I had a blast! I got so excited about everything that I had learned that day that I continued to learn more on my own time.

I then learned about the part-time intro to HTML and CSS course that HackerYou was offering and instantly wanted to sign myself up. Heather (CEO of HackerYou) had me come in for an interview to get to know me on a personal level and my overall interests because she wanted to make sure my intentions were in the right place and was a good fit. She then told me about the bootcamp course and how I had the option of signing up for that too. I won’t lie, I was definitely intimidated by the idea. So I went home that evening knowing that I had some serious thinking to do. I knew this would be a huge game changer in my life, so I consulted with my family and friends. I had mixed responses from everyone–most were supportive of the idea–but despite what anyone thought, I think I had already made up my mind by that point. I wasn’t going to turn down such a great opportunity!

Here I am now — ready to dive into the tech world and make these next 8 weeks the best learning experience of my life. Wish me luck!


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Originally published at on September 20, 2014.

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