Why did I decide to go into CS?
Although I grew up in rural Kansas in a high school that didn't offer CS classes, I began to teach myself programming. I started out working through the Automate The Boring Stuff Python book, and began to fall in love with Python, programming and CS. As someone who has always enjoyed Math, Science and Tech, I realized marrying my love of those with my newfound love of programming meant that CS was the right major for me.
What has kept me in CS?
Today I love CS for all the same reasons and more. After gaining experience through college, professional opportunities, and life I better understand how I can use my degree. I'm excited to use my skills to make an impact on real people and be able to know that by using my experience I'm making other people's lives easier.
What kind of work do I have experience with?
I have experience working with Python, developing both Flask and Django applications in addition I'm comfortable with doing things on the front-end of web development, but enjoy server side development more. Although most of my Python experience is in web development, I am also very comfortable using Python for other scripting tasks and automating tasks and is my go-to language for solving problems.
What is my ideal job?
Right now my ideal job would be as a Project Manager or Data Scientist at an organization that focuses on doing environmental sustainability research or other work that aids nonprofits or humanitarian work. A few organizations I'm particularly interested in include ESRI, NREL, and the Climate Corporation