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How did you realize you wanted to learn to code?

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In the thread below, tell us how you realized you wanted to learn to code!

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Since my childhood I used to do so many things using my brothers computer. I learnt lot from him.I really loved to see his coding stuffs. After completing my Advanced level exams, I wanted to become a software engineer.So this is how that I realized Iwanted to learn to code.πŸ™ƒπŸ™Šβ€‹

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Ben Halpern

I had a fascination in computers long before I even knew coding was a thing people could do.

I'm 33 years old, and I really think coding wasn't on the radar of anyone in my life as something to even bother telling me was a thing. But every time I stumbled across some knowledge of how computers did what they did and what could be done, I really loved it!

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I worked as a full time nanny for years and wanted to be challenged in a different way. I then realized that I enjoyed coding because it felt like a frustrating puzzle πŸ˜†

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When I was studying Japanese I had to do an internship, which I did at the Japanese department of University of Vienna by hosting the website. Together with a colleague we had to create a WordPress site for the "150 years Japanese and Austrian relation" celebration where a professor needed a platform for her lecture. The designing, the meetings, the talks about how we could best achieve her goals - it was so fascinating that I was sure that after graduating I want to learn how to code.

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I didn't want to do my marketing job anymore because over the years I realized that I'm more of a tech person than a KPI addicted business student robot

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When an interviewer asked about my knowledge of HTML for an Instructional Designer position that I applied. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the job, so here I am.

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Sarah Dye

In August 2015, I saw a job posting for Skillcrush. I got curious so I checked out their website and signed up for their newsletter. At the time, the newsletter sent daily e-mails when you first signed up with activities and information about tech.

Day 3 was when I wrote my first line of code. It wasn't very fancy, but that line of code is where I realized tech is the right fit for me. Shortly after that I signed up for their free coding bootcamp and did research. That's what helped me decide to learn how to code and shortly after that I enrolled in Skillcrush's web designer blueprint cohort.

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My child inspired me to jump into it! She has been learning front end development and I was literally watching and learning everyday! For a couple of years I have learned some coding and taught elementary and middle school students from the Hello World Little Bits Coding kits to Girls Who Code groups.

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Freshman year of college, needing to fill up my schedule so I decided to try computer science 1, since I had always been into tech stuff, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Ended up majoring in CS and also getting a masters in it.

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I used to make websites as a teen, but because there weren't any coding/computer classes at my school, I ended up pursuing art. Now as an adult who graduated from art school, I still want to make websites, and there's so much information online that I can self-teach! Learning how the internet works and how to make dynamic websites is so interesting and complex

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Ayu Adiati

I wanted to have a website to write a personal blog and showcase my photography hobby photos.

So I browsed everything about WordPress. Then I stumbled on freeCodeCamp, tried it out, saw "Hello World" rendered with HTML for the first time, and never look back ☺.

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Chrysovalantis Constantinou

I used to hate coding a lot, but I noticed that I didn't really give up on it. So I suspect it might be true love (I'm a physicist!)

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I'm a creative and have been a graphic designer for many years. I want to be able to build the sites I design.

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Alexander Bourlotos

This question hurts a little because I always thought that programming required calculus-level math. I was told by people who knew less that I wasn't learning what was required and it really put me off (this was back in HS/2004-6). Learning that it's not true re-ignited my interest.

I always liked messing with web code, but I didn't see it as programming. I wish I had a better mentor in my early days but now that I know more, I can't wait to get started!

I also want to learn how to code so that I can de-mystify it for others and be a mentor for others in the future as well.

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Maria Silva

Hi Alexander!

I'm glad you were able to re-ignite your interest in programming. I had been thinking about learning to code for about two years but I also had the misconception that you needed to be proficient in higher level math. Math was never my favorite subject. It wasn't until I started looking into bootcamps and reading reviews from people that transitioned from careers like retail to software developers that I was like "hey, maybe I can do it too." And now I'm doing it!

It's awesome that you want to give back and de-mystify it for others, can't wait to see what you do!

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Azubuogu Peace Udoka

It was during the Covid 19 lockdown. I was having a bit of existential crisis. I tried a lot of things until i came across Sololearn. The courses were very easy and fun so I just continued. And that's how my love for coding startedπŸ˜ƒ