I was a hospice chaplain. I'd done that kind of work long enough and it was overwhelming. I was asking myself, ‘...Is there something else for me?'
I'm 47. I was 46 or 45 when I applied to Lambda School. I'm not getting any younger. I don't have any retirement. I'd already gotten into a ton of debt, and my credit was not very good. I couldn't imagine any way that I could pay up front for a school, whether that was college, or coding school, or anything really, so Lambda was a unique opportunity.
For someone like me who's never had a technical job, Lambda was perfect because software engineering means constantly learning. It teaches the ability to pick up new technology and learn it. And I enjoyed Lambda partially because people like me can go to it. I found a lot of nontraditional students like me in my class.
I love doing software engineering and I have a job now that is so easy. It's like I get to go to school and learn every day and get paid for it.
Hopefully I'm giving them a return on their investment now.