First and foremost, I am an aspiring software developer. When I’m not honing my programming language knowledge, exploring new design patterns, or optimizing my past projects, I love playing and recording music (I play the trumpet, guitar, bass, drums) and running with my dog Roy. My work experience includes the financial and non-profit industries–I was a performing arts fundraiser for 4 years and then a mortgage loan officer for 3 years before I decided to start a career in tech. I have a BA in Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
What I Bring
I would not have been able to complete devCodeCamp’s intensive software development program if I did not have a strong underlying drive to absorb and execute newly acquired skills. As a recent graduate, I offer a versatility in coding steeped in the best practices that this 12-week project-based course fostered–I’m a fresh slate ready to start on Monday!
The allure of coding to me is how it so seamlessly intersects with other passions in my life. The field of linguistics, which I studied, is based around examining all the different variables (or parameters) among human languages and then abstracting away from these by developing a model of how it works–not unlike coding out a method or function. I have played music since I was 15 and I was surprised to find that starting with a blank screen and a set of ideas to construct a web application has just as much potential for creativity as picking up my guitar does. Lastly, problem-solving in software development is the same itch that I loved to scratch when restructuring loans to get them to work for customers when I was in the finance industry.
Coding is a puzzle that begs me to solve it–and I am focused on making it a turning point in my professional career and a new chapter in my life.