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I didn’t wake up one morning and just say, “Hey. I think I’m going to become a programmer today.” No, no, no. It was an interesting path that led me to where I am and here’s a little bit of that story.

As you may or may not know I actually have a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. I was sure that was what I wanted to do. At least until I got my first mechanical engineering job. I was pretty good at it, but it was boring and the places I worked really didn’t have much interest in making new things. After a few months of that I knew I had to do something different.

So right after I finished my bachelor’s degree, I went straight to grad school for guess what? Mechanical AND aerospace engineering! But here’s where the twist came. I didn’t do one mechanical or aerospace thing for my thesis. I worked on robotics and machine learning! I think you can start to see where the programming comes in.

Grad school was a really hard time. My mom suddenly got sick and she died a few months before I graduated, a lot of people that I love decided to move far away, and I was sick for the majority of those two years. I knew I needed something that would give me more flexibility with my time because of all this craziness.

That’s when I started looking online for jobs that let you work from home and a lot of the ones I found were for web developers. That’s why I decided to become a programmer. I saw the flexibility they have and the salaries they can make. I won’t lie and say I had some great passion for it because I didn’t (and sometimes still don’t), but I worked at it long enough to the point I became good at it.

Now here I am with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering doing web development. I know some of you may think it was an easy transition since I came from a technical background, but the difference between web development and mechanical engineering is night and day.

They aren’t related in the least. I say that to tell you that you don’t need to come from a super technical background to become an awesome web developer. You just need some time and patience and the ability to not give up.

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