“I started building websites when I was a teenager. I taught myself HTML and CSS. At the time I thought it was just a hobby. Then I got an associate’s degree in computer programming.
Before Lambda school I was in tech support for a software company. At the time I wanted to get into programming and I just didn't know how to launch my career. On the way to changing it, I met someone who said ‘don't get a bachelor's degree, go to Lambda school.’ I immediately applied and got into the full stack web program.
My parents helped me pay for rent and I had no income through Lambda, but the sacrifice was worth it. I would rather be programming without income, knowing this is a valuable skill and I'm going to get there than to keep doing what I was doing being unhappy and knowing that I could be more.
Not far into the Lambda curriculum I started applying for jobs. I met with career coaches regularly to make my resume and cover letter better. I was like, why wait until graduation when I have these skills? I actually am considered as having been hired early. Now I’m a software developer.