Why I Want to Learn to Code

I’ve got a long list of reasons why I want to learn to code, and the more time I spend hacking on projects and connecting with people in the industry, the longer my list gets. Here are a few of my top reasons:

Learning to code is fun. I often joke with friends that my biggest fear in life is complacency. I seek out challenges because doing things that feel difficult (and sometimes scary) makes me feel most alive. I’ve been actively learning to code for a few months now (through online tutorials, books, blogs, local meetups and Girl Develop It workshops), and the process is humbling, exhilarating, and addicting! The more I learn, the more I want to keep learning, because, well, I’m having a pretty awesome time. I’m excited to enter a field where the only constant is change.

Technology is changing the world, and I want to use it to make a positive impact. My goal is to spend my time doing work that builds people up and preserves our planet. In the past, I’ve worked under the umbrella of non-profit organizations, a federal foundation, and a couple of tech startups, relying on passion, persistence, and interpersonal skills to advance important causes (e.g. food access, education, supporting local businesses) in my community. Now I’m eager to approach problems and bring ideas to life with more powerful tools — tools that can scale and reach more people.

Digital skills are job skills, and I’m serious about planning for my future. I have always loved making things. Whether it’s sewing a dress, building a bog bridge, or fermenting a mean batch of pickles, I enjoy the process of creating just as much as I enjoy the end result. I’m excited to start making things in the digital world, and I’m pretty pumped that there are a lot of ways to make a living in this field. But more than that, if I have an idea, I want to be able to execute. I want to have skills that give me options so I can spend my time on the things that are most important to me.

The list goes on. There’s so much upside and so little downside. I’m committed to doing this!

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