Okay, here we go.
Before setting up this blog, I was installing rails from my terminal to get started on this Sass tutorial on YouTube. The thing is, I missed the lesson on the topic a few days back at my coding boot camp, Digital Crafts, and I needed to catch up.
My Chrome has several tabs open on how to make a Soundcloud music player because I have their API key and have already started making a website that will feature only chill-hop music (How? I’ll figure it out. It’s what I do.), one of my top three favorite genres of music (the other two are alt rock and epic music–great for writing, by the way).
If you’re lost, that’s okay. Three months before I dove into web development, I was lost too (and still am but in different ways.) Let me start from the beginning.
Six years ago, I graduated from a master’s program at Columbia University and made the grand decision of leaving the U.S. for Seoul, South Korea to teach ESL (English as a Second Language). Living abroad for the first time in a completely different culture did all the wonderful things you hear people talk about after time spent in a foreign country: you become wiser, more appreciative of other cultures, more understanding, your worldview expands, you find your true self, etc.
The challenges were great as well; there were times I suffered crippling homesickness and loneliness but learned to overcome the two as time passed. I spent the next five years teaching ESL in schools and community colleges and even went to Japan to teach in a small country town there, all while trying to become a published author in science fiction.
The return home was tougher this time around. I was almost thirty and didn’t want to continue teaching ESL, even though I had enjoyed teaching my students from past classes. And life as an aspiring author was not sustainable in any way or form. Might as well go live in a makeshift hut in the woods.
Deciding on my next career move loomed over my head, and I felt internal pressure to make a decision fast. I contemplated reapplying to Ph.D. programs in sociology or English literature (I hadn’t targeted the right schools the first time around), but I asked myself, “Do you really want to spend the next five-plus years in school?” My gut answer was no.
What to do? What to do?
Luckily, my brother had enrolled in a coding boot camp, Digital Crafts, here in Atlanta, and sung to me its praises. Hmm, web development… I had taken C++ in high school and remembered how much I enjoyed it. Sometime three years ago, I had even wanted to return to school to study computer science.
Why not skip getting a second bachelor’s degree and try a boot camp instead? I loved challenges and my creative spirit told me I’d most likely enjoy the building and problem-solving aspects of programming.
Fast-forward to the present. I have found an intense passion for coding because I’ve found myself spending six to seven hours working and studying while not even batting an eye at the clock. I love this stuff. A lot.
Maybe even as much as I love writing (if you know how deeply I felt about writing–I’m talking god-level love here, ladies, gents, and others–you’d be surprised). But this boot camp consumes huge chunks of my time so I haven’t had the chance to write as much as I’d like to, but I will once August rolls in. That’s when I graduate. Excited.
And that’s pretty much it for now. Next time, I’ll update you on making my chill-hop music player, starting CS50 at Haaavad (Bostonian here), and giving you a peek at my capstone project, a web application to help writers write books. Yay. Calling it writeIt. Don’t steal that, folks. Just kidding.