<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none;" alt="" src="https://ct.pinterest.com/v3/?tid=2613694256380&amp;pd[em]=<hashed_email_address>&amp;noscript=1">
Get Started

My Second Chance

Mike Cuddy, Apr, 29 2015 | 1 min read

  

Have you ever wished that you could have a second chance at something? Maybe it was to make that final shot at a basketball game, to retake a test, or even to redo that job interview. For me, one area that I wish I had a second chance would be coding.

I will admit it. In high school I was known as a nerd. I was part of the math team, the U.S. First Robotics club and almost all of my friends were nerds. I was very interested in coding then as well as all things technology. But at the same time I had another love. That love was history. And for a while my love affair with history won out. In college, I decided to major in both history and political science. I even went on to get my Masters in International Relations. Yet, in the back of my mind was always the feeling that I should learn how to code.

It was in the middle of March 2015 that I found out about Tech Talent South. I just happened to sit next to a young woman at a job networking event. Somehow we got to talking about coding. I told her that I had done a little work in Python. She then said that she had just finished at Tech Talent South. I asked her what Tech Talent South was since I had never heard of it. She told me it was a coding immersion program. I was instantly interested. I had heard about coding “bootcamps” and they were something that I wanted to learn more about. My sister in law had  told me that one of her friends went through one and learned a great deal about coding.

I went home that night and quickly checked out Tech Talent South’s website and I was impressed. I then told my wife about it and she was also impressed from what she read. I knew that this was it, that this was a second chance to pursue my lifelong passion!

Now, fast forward one week into the class. I can already say that I am feeling much more confident with my ability to design web sites. I started the week being able to make a basic website. Meaning I could not do much more than place a simple tag, such as “hi”, in an HTML document. I now have an understanding of CSS, bootstrap, adding pictures, YouTube videos, breaking my site up to have columns, working with borders/margins and even creating a blog site. All of this together, makes my personal website look hip and modern. Moving into the second week, I am eager to learn Ruby and see where those adventures take me. Stay tuned to read more!

You might also like ...

8 Tips to Reading Documentation: A Newbie’s Guide in 2020

Have you ever been on the verge of tearing your hair out trying to figure out why a line of code is failing? It’s time to turn to doc...

Michele Barard   |   2 min read

Read More

17 Data Scientists of Color That You Should Follow Right Now

We’ve curated a list of people of color who are providing valuable insights, wisdom, and projects in the fields of data science, AI, ...

Sydney Stern Miller   |   7 min read

Read More

Tech Talent South takes their Graduate Accelerator Online, Free to College Juniors & Seniors whose Campuses are Shut Down

In response to campus shutdowns due to COVID-19, Tech Talent South is offering a free full-stack course to college juniors and senior...

Meagan Michal   |   < 1 min read

Read More