I remember when I first saw the Code.org promotional video. I was somewhere in Thailand and, after watching, was completely blown away.
I thought, “Wait .. All of these celebrities are promoting kids to learn how to code?” Sure, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg were no shockers. But Will.i.Am? And Chris Bosh? What were these dudes doing here?!
Needless to say, Code.org’s mission to have every student exposed to computer science was impressive.
I am super thrilled to have Jennifer Dewalt featured on this installment of Women in Tech Wednesday. Turns out, Jennifer is actually from my hometown (Bethlehem, PA).
Hashtag mind blown.
Truth be told, I had no idea this was the case till she mentioned something about my cell phone number area code.
In any case:
Jennifer has an awesome story about how she taught herself how to code.
Several years ago Carly Rowe packed two suitcases and moved to Dallas. It was a huge risk—leaving Cleveland, Ohio and heading to an unfamiliar destination.
However, it fortunately ended up being the best decision she made in her life. Period.
After bouncing from job to job and suffering several failed business attempts, Rowe knew she couldn’t stay in Cleveland. “The local economy in Cleveland was really bad,” she says. Luckily, quickly after relocating to Dallas, she landed a job at a digital marketing agency where she absorbed everything she could.
About a year ago, when I decided I was going to teach myself how to code, the first course I jumped into was on Udacity’s website.
It was an Intro to CS course. And I gave up halfway through lesson 2 after feeling hopelessly lost. I felt out of place when I turned to the message boards. Like all the people in discussion knew what was going on. But I didn’t.
There were others that were on the boards,
I’ve been trekking along in Learn Python The Hard Way book. It’s been going pretty well. I try to dedicate at least 15 minutes a day (but ideally an hour) to learning. I just try to get some practice in on the regular.
Anyways, I’m beginning to get confused. I’m on lesson 17 (there are 52 lessons in total) and I am having issues understanding what is going on.
To be honest, I guess my confusion began back in lesson 15 or 16.