I Ditched Instagram for GitHub For 6 Weeks — My Experience in Three Acts.

Firsthand story of a millennial woman learning to code during the lockdown.

Katka Sabo
May 27, 2020 · 5 min read
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Illustrative Photo by Humphrey Muleba on Unsplash

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The Scene: The Other Side of the Pandemic

The Prologue: Damsel In Distress.

I recall seeing a course “Intro to Python” during my time in grad school and thinking this is definitely not for me. I’m “on the management side of things”. This was 4 years ago. And I was wrong.

Act 1: (Self-)Doubt Creeps In.

Fair. Writing a novel is also a better way to flex your language mastery muscle than training for the Spelling Bee. I realized I need to be humble when starting from zero.

It is embarrassing I write something like this. My code was definitely not “production-ready”. It indeed made a real-world software engineer laugh.

Act 2: I Miss My Instant Gratification.

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I had an attention span of a goldfish. If you scrolled right down to this picture, so do you. Photo by Craig Lovelidge on Unsplash

Act 3: It’s No Dark Magic, After All.

You might not become master in coding. But you will get a much better understanding of what powers the technological progress these days.

The Epilogue: This Is Not Your Cinderella Story.

But I realized that getting a basic, hands-on experience with this coveted skill is more accessible (and rewarding!) than I would have thought three months ago.

The End.

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The curtain falls. Thank you for making it all the way here. Photo by Rob Laughter on Unsplash

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Katka Sabo

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SF-based consultant, currently on a parental leave. In her spare time wondering how to make staying in touch online more enjoyable. https://catchuply.com/

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Katka Sabo

Written by

SF-based consultant, currently on a parental leave. In her spare time wondering how to make staying in touch online more enjoyable. https://catchuply.com/

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