I grew up in a rural community in Southeast Iowa. I joined the United States Army upon graduating high school, deploying to Iraq in 2015. I left the active-duty military in 2017 in pursuit of a civilian career, while serving in the Iowa Army National Guard until March 2020. I studied for a brief time at the University of Iowa, majoring in History with a minor in the Russian Language. However, I did not graduate, instead opting to pursue a career in Software Development through instruction at devCodeCamp. In my free time, I enjoy fishing, hiking, traveling, watching foreign films, studying history, and studying foreign languages as a hobby.
What I Bring
I am a dedicated lifelong learner. I always strive to be better than before and to absorb as much knowledge as possible to improve myself. I am an incredibly fast learner and love the process of learning. I enjoy being fully integrated into an effective team and pushing out a top-notch product with them. I excel in critical thinking, problem-solving, and working to finish in the most efficient and effective way possible.
My development strengths lie mainly in the back-end of web-development. I well acquainted with the MVC design pattern and know how to use it effectively. However, I am completely capable of building a functioning, aesthetically pleasing front-end and I will value any opportunity to improve my skills in any part of development.
I discovered coding while studying at the University of Iowa. I was amazed at how much I could do with such little knowledge, and instantly fell in love. I enjoy being able to use a coding language incomprehensible to a normal person and turn it into a fully-functional application. The process of solving problems with code and breaking through barriers, and roadblocks along the way is also something I really enjoy. For me, there is no better feeling than solving a problem on my own, after struggling through it and having the satisfaction that I faced the challenge and completed it.