I have been wanting to find a job where I can start learning more daily while using the skills I have now as best I can. I came across LaunchCode and decided to apply. While I selected I would be willing to relocate to St. Louis, I would still prefer to stay close to where I am now. I answered the other questions on the application like so:
Please tell us how your interest and experience in technology progressed.
When I first left high school, I was working tech support at a local internet service provider in New Bern, NC. I found this job after working for 6 months running a movie theater and not really liking the experience. I knew very little about computers at the time and before the interview, I read up and learned as much as I could. I have had a love of computers since. I never thought I could be a programmer but recently I have found myself longing for a career in tech and decided to try it out online. I love it! I rush home daily to study more each day and I am tracking my progress on a blog. Between my first tech adventure and now, I have had many sites online through WordPress or others. I now have found something I am passionate about!
Tell us about a project you have worked on that you take a great deal of pride in. Provide links if available.
I recently completed my first program ever in Ruby. It is a book tracking app that prompts the user to enter the book, author, whether they read or listened to it and then a short, one sentence review. I am extremely proud of the app. I learned how to write loops, I learned to use YAML to save information between sessions and I learned how to search for answers on Google which is invaluable. Most importantly, I learned that I can do this, and had a lot of fun in the process. I blogged about the experience at nickqueen.com. It is located here: https://github.com/demosthenes131/book_tracker