My journey so far as a Software Developer

published on: | by cindy In category: Inspiration Wednesday

This is a story about resilience, determination, and passion. It started way back when I missed all my uni choices. I related more with math and wanted to study statistic but I missed the chance. Being a beneficiary of the government sponsorship program, most courses are highly competitive and by the time I went for my 3rd and final revision, I felt like nothing was there for me. But, I had to make a choice. I was a science kind of girl so I picked whatever was left with " science", in my case that was Applied Computer Science.

To be totally honest, I didn’t have a clue what it was all about. Obviously, it had to do with computers and mathematics, maybe?. Eventually , I got admitted to study Applied Computer Science in kisii Uiversity in August the same year.

My first lecture on campus was an introduction to Computer Programming- JAVA. At the time I had a mini laptop which I had bought with my HELB money(Higher Education Loans Board). I still remember vividly when my favorite lecturer Oops! not sure if he will appreciate me mentioning his name, but yes kengere kibwage saying, "Give that toy to your baby sister”, and continued talking about common java compilers. (Sir, you shaped my skills)

“what is a compiler?”, I could ask myself but kept silent to mask my ignorance. The class seemed just fine.I felt stupid and my mind told me to quit.you are not creative enough, you don’t get it like the rest.I wish I asked though.

Long story short, I managed to graduate and the impostor syndrome still stuck with me. In my mind, programming was for a certain kind of people, way out of this world.

It was not until I joined Andela bootcamp that my dimensions changed. It was the all-female boot camp edition, in that room was 40 intelligent women including ''myself''.I was inspired. The practicality and relating software to solving real-life problems motivated me to go on. I saw a future in solving problems through writing codes, It was not easy but I knew that I wanted to be programmer more than ever that I did quit my job as an IT technician and embarked on this awesome journey to becoming a world-class developer as Andeleans like to say it.

I didn't make it to the end of the boot camp, but something changed. I came out fierce and I was willing to put in the time and effort and nothing could stop me. I was reborn and left behind the misconceptions. Cindy Achieng Blog was born to document my journey and inspire anyone who wanted to code and didn't know where to start.

I applied for the Google Africa Challenge Scholarship in partnership with Udacity and ALC 3.0 and was lucky to be enrolled on Intermediate mobile-web track. The first phase of the scholarship is a 3-month challenge course and only 500 scholars get selected for a nanodegree based on many factors such as participation, completing tasks on time, helping peers among others.

Andela Learning community brought together all learners across Africa, interacting with each offer, offering emotional support and collaborating (it's what good programmers do).

It has been an intriguing journey learning from some of the best developers including jakearchibald.Knowledge gained during the 3-month challenge course is immeasurable. Have you ever imagined having offline first web apps? Saying goodbye to this:

If you enjoy the game like I do, on the plus side you will still get to play it when you want to.Thanks to the web Technologies Service Worker , Cache API ,Indexed DB and fetch API.

The climax was 7DaysofCodeChallenge to create a currency converter app that can work both online and offline.

Today, the 11th of July 2018, I am lucky again to be among the few 500 scholars to be offered a nanodegree on Udacity and I can't keep quiet.

Thank you to everyone who supported me. mckabue and all my peers from the scholarship, andela, udacity and googleafrica. Asanteni Sana!

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