Sarah's Reflections on Week 1

Question: What was something that surprised you today?

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I was really surprised to find that all of the other women in this program were “just like me” in the sense that we were all in the same boat, and that they feel equally as challenged as I do in how to divide our time between coding, work, life, and mommy-hood.

I am really excited to be surrounded by other women who actually understand how hard it is to learn to code, while being a mom at the same time. This field of study is so demanding because there is so much information out there and it’s hard to know where to focus.

Do you start with front-end or back-end?

What’s the best place to find the answers?

For the most part, I’ve done ‘ok’ figuring all of this out on my own and with the help of a few others. However, I’ve spent many painstaking nights pulling my hair out simply because I didn’t even know the correct terminology to Google the answer.

Overall, I’m feeling really excited to be a part of all of this program. For so long I just felt like I was in this alone. I would meet so many other women in the past who were also learning to code, but they weren’t moms. They made me feel like I was always “making excuses” for why I didn’t have time to focus on coding as much as they were. What those other women didn’t understand was that I’m a mom first and foremost! I will always put the needs of my child before my own -- and a 2-year old has A LOT of needs!

I know I will get to where I want to be eventually. It may just take a little longer than others.

You can find Sarah on Twitter @SarahDoczy12.