I had changed majors multiple times throughout my six years of college.
I began as a Music Major
Then I switched to Dietetics
And finally, my chosen path was Exercise Science, with a Minor in Music.
So, there I was, three months away from graduation, and I felt unsure. I felt unsure of what I wanted to do once I finished school. I felt unsure of my abilities, even after excelling in every class. I was full of self-doubt.
To make myself feel better, I decided that I was going to try something different to improve myself – I decided that I was going to learn to code. I always thought I was “bad with computers”, but I figured that I may as well work on a part of me that truly needed improvement.
I scoured the internet, trying to find out where to begin. After many hours over many days of searching, I finally saw a Redddit user post, “It doesn’t matter what you start with. Just start.” Since I was totally overwhelmed by everything I had found, that simple piece of advice really stuck with me. I decided to start with Codecademy courses.
It was then that I came across and started learning with FreeCodeCamp. Their learning process is project-based and encourages students to find solutions on their own. After completing the easier lessons and attempting the more challenging ones, I realized I would need much more knowledge before I would be able to complete their curriculum.
Enter Udemy. This site offers specialist-created courses, which students can purchase à la carte to customize their learning experience. I chose The Web Developer Bootcamp and found it to be another incredibly valuable source.
Fast-forward two years, and here I am. No, I don’t have some amazing story about how I became a web developer making 6 figures a year after 3 months of studying. In fact, I think my journey has just now become much more interesting.