Coding Bootcamp Student Spotlight: Shalamar

I didn’t know I liked technology. I was almost an advocate against it. I thought it drove a wedge between people and devalued something as simple as the human touch. What I didn’t realize at that time was, technology allows us to come together. I read that 90% of adult Americans own a cell phone. Over half of that use their phones for news and social networking. That’s when I knew, technology allows me to create an idea and in one click, share it! Anyone could change the world now. Technology leveled the playing field. I could reach out to anyone!

Naturally, I had to get involved. So, I found We Can Code IT. I wasn’t sure if I could do the whole programming thing because it seemed really hard. Well, it is really hard and I’m totally doing it! How? Because my teachers make learning fun and my team works together. I find myself saying, “No man left behind!”. Which is rather appropriate considering it is a boot camp. While creating this very post from home, I have talked to two of my classmates about interviewing skills and homework. We make time for each other, and I think we actually care about one another. I never got that kind of support in high school or college. Everything was always just so black and white. I like color and collaboration. We Can Code IT gives me that!

Today, I am halfway through my cohort and have the confidence and skills to already interview for jobs and internships. Yes, in three months I am ready to go out there and show these companies what I’ve got! Sure, I don’t know everything, but the instructors at We Can Code IT are teaching me exactly what I need to know to be a valuable asset right now. I’ve shadowed four Software Engineers in the past month and everything they did was right in line with my training. It’s just perfect. For the first time, I really feel like I could do anything!

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