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My Journey Begins

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.

I started with HTML and CSS. Then I began learning some Javascript. Codecademy provided a great foundation that built up my knowledge and my confidence.

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.