I always had a passion for the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and I knew I wanted to do something to make a difference in the world. I just didn’t know where to start. I was an immigrant in a new country, grew up in a tough environment, and wasn’t sure how I would make it in Computer Science. Along with these roadblocks, I didn’t learn to code until I was twenty years old and I didn’t do well in college originally. Once I had my moment of clarity and realized that I wouldn’t let anything stop me in pursuing my passion in Computer Science, I began to chase that dream which leads me to where I am today.
I enrolled in as many courses as I could find and made the STEM field my new home. I studied Computer Science and obtained world-class skills in OOP Design, Algorithms and Design, Discrete Structures, Software Engineering, Microarchitectures, Advanced Algorithms, Statistics, Database Systems, and Distributed Systems. But I didn’t stop there.
In order to truly make a difference in the lives of others, I decided to begin to write about and teach what I had learned. I began to teach classes at a local college and created an online coding boot camp, which now has over 500+ graduates. I became a published author, I started my public speaking career, I created a scaffolding framework, became a lead developer, won an award for “Best in Class” Bioinformatics Software, and successfully exited three start-ups.