That little girl pictured with the joyous sun filled smile is my motivation. Making sure she is happy and provided for her is everything. So knowing that every day I wake up and go to YWeb and get stuff done I am working towards building the future she deserves is everything.
As we get into coding, starting next week, I will carefully observe myself to see how it feels. I forgot that my first coding experience was making a scrolling Union Jack on a Texas Instrument back in the 80s.
Another key point I want to highlight of my time here is that Steinbok and Rashied have touched upon the concept of degree vs. experience. Rashied said one day, “Degree does not necessarily equate to wealth.” It does not invalidate a college education and I do believe everyone should go to university, as many doors open. But as with everything else in life, very rarely anything is handed to you unless you're privileged, so you are going to have to work and sacrifice for it.
Before I came to YWEB, I felt like my future was bleak and filled with worry, submission, and unhappiness. I had goals and let them burn out. I allowed mental illness and negative circumstances to rule my life.
I think the most important thing Yweb has to offer is change. And through my experience at the Yweb, as well as looking at my fellow cohort around me, I have found that everyone got exactly that - a change.
This program has given me all the tools and confidence I need to become a freelance web developer. In particular I will focus on assisting older adults in the community by creating websites to sell their craft items.