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Its quite unbelievable.

Fate, honestly. I applied in University for two things, Teaching and Computer Science (honestly because those two words sounded cool together). Got accepted for both but there were complications with teaching enrollments during registration so I took CS.

Before then, I knew only FL Studio and Virtual DJ. This was 2014.

First semester felt ridiculous. After most classes I'd say to myself "I know we're just being introduced to programming but Microsoft Word doesn't look like it was made by an array sorting algorithm"

Right when my grades were at their worst, I looked at reapplying for mechanical engineering somewhere else, then there was an event organized by a students' society where a lecturer gave a talk on Android programming and Software Engineering. My life changed right there and then. I wanted to learn everything! Of course at first that didn't help me academically as I was overwhelmed by information available on the web. At the start of the following year, I reregistered Computer Science with a different second major (calculus showed me flames, I had to ditch it) and by the middle of the year I had taught myself enough to host my own Android and Web dev tutorial classes for my peers. Varsity came with theoretical knowledge that was easy to consume as I would have probably implemented it somewhere following an online tutorial i.e. while studying design patterns the MVP made sense then, after I've been struggling with its existence and use in AngularJS.

I'm currently finishing up on my second major to complete my degree.

 

First semester felt ridiculous. After most classes I'd say to myself "I know we're just being introduced to programming but Microsoft Word doesn't look like it was made by an array sorting algorithm"

Right when my grades were at their worst, I looked at reapplying for mechanical engineering somewhere else, then there was an event organized by a students' society where a lecturer gave a talk on Android programming and Software Engineering. My life changed right there and then. I wanted to learn everything! Of course at first that didn't help me academically as I was overwhelmed by information available on the web.

Sounds a lot like how I had felt at the time, but I didn't really discover my place until after I'd dropped CS. My school offered very little in practical software development. Only CS and Math.

I had already changed majors out of computer science. I had gotten into tech entrepreneurship but thought it was going to be someone else's job to actually make the stuff. I'd do the marketing. Along the way I stumbled across Ruby on Rails and finally found a platform that empowered my creativity.

 

I also almost dropped out for the very same reasons but I only held on because my first attempt in freelancing and a startup failed, (great learning experience). Went back to the drawing board, and class. I've learned so much more from then, I'm just waiting for my eureka moment now.

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