An Interview with One of Our Graduates Alexa
Interviewer: Tell me your name and where you’re from.
Alexa: My name is Alexa and I’m from Dallas, Texas and I just recently moved here for this program.
Interviewer: What was going on in your life that you decided you need to make some change?
Alexa: I’d been in the service industry ever since I got my first job at 16, and I was just not feeling very fulfilled in my industry and felt like I needed to do something that was a little more challenging and more academic based. That’s what brought me here, I wanted to take a chance and do something a little bit outside my comfort zone.
Interviewer: There’s a big difference between the industry you’re in and technology, what made you want to make that transition?
Alexa: I’ve always been an advocate for science, it’s always been my favorite subject, and technology is just the application of that. What you do is take scientific concepts and you make them reality, and I think that is really awesome and I wanted to be a part of that.
Interviewer: Were you nervous that coding was something that you can do? Did you know much about coding? How did you think you’d do making that transition?
Alexa: I was definitely nervous, I really did not have any experience in the coding industry before I came here, but from some of the research that I did, and just talking to other people that had been through the program, and through learning coding in general, I realized that it really aligned with the way that I think, and the way that I process things, so I felt it would be a really good match for me.
Interviewer: And now that you’ve been through it, what was it like?
Alexa: It was actually the most academically challenged I’ve ever been, I wasn’t expecting it to be as difficult as it was, but I definitely learned that there is a lot that goes into it, and you are really never going to know anything and just being capable of learning and moving on from there and taking what you already know and applying that to what you’re trying to learn is really important and I think that really applies.