Why I deiced to study Software Engineering?
From the kitchen to the keys.
I originally went to university on the pre-med track in hopes of becoming a dentist. I put in all the hard work and even applied to a few dentals schools. However, I debated whether being a dentist was really what I wanted to do several times during my long journey. Did I enjoy my experiences while volunteering and shadowing in dental offices? They were the best! So, why the switch? I got a new job after graduating from undergrad.
I went from management at a 24-hour restaurant to a typical 9 to 5 desk job. For the first time in a very long time, I had a chance to catch my breath and think about what I actually wanted to do with my life. I had never worked a tech job, but debugging part of my new job was what intrigued me the most. I liked that nobody’s life is on the line if I mess up (hopefully). I started picking up old hobbies that I couldn’t do with school and a full-time job. I was rediscovering me. And once again found myself unable to answer the question “Why is dentistry for me?” But in all honesty, even not being able to answer that question, it wasn’t easy to decide not to pursue dentistry. I mean I worked really hard to achieve that goal. After fasting, talking to God, and researching I decided to change career paths.
I’m heavily involved with my bible study group — shoutout to The Kingdom Move! — and I do graphic designs for social media and other media. I want to create apps and websites for the group at some point, but I like to know that I know what I’m doing before jumping head first. I looked into coding sometime before all of this took place, but I was too involved with all my other life goals to pursue it. Then I came across this app called CareerKarma, and they had this 21-day challenge that teaches you about coding and coding bootcamps. I was able to gain tons of information about coding and people’s experiences. I felt that software engineering would be an excellent fit for me. It allows me to combine tech with creativity and problem-solving. The community of people I’ve gotten to know is awesome, which gave me a little boost to pursue software engineering.