Ariba is a grade 11 high school student and has been attending Teens Learning Code workshops since January 2017. She is interested in both health sciences and technology and hopes one day to combine the two as her career. Ariba is currently a Teen Club Ambassador. In this blog post, she shares how she discovered her affinity for code despite initially finding it intimidating—as well as how to get started with code if you’re a beginner!
Throughout all the years I’ve been in school, I have never been exposed to coding—until the beginning of this year. Before this year, I thought the only pathways I could pursue were going to be related to the maths and sciences. I never thought of technology as something I could do in the future since I had absolutely no experience in it.
However, I was wrong. If you know how to use your phone and computer, then you have experience in technology! I wish I had known this when my friends invited me to join an HTML and CSS workshop with Teens Learning Code. I was quite hesitant; I didn’t even know what HTML and CSS were, or that they were the foundations of a website. I was anxious and nervous: Would I be the only one there with zero experience in coding? Would code be gibberish to me? What if I didn’t understand the concepts?
If you want to perfect any skill, you have to practice and be confident. You can’t be afraid of being slow at understanding concepts because that’s bound to happen. It’s the process of learning that matters most. When I accepted that I got better at coding and realised more opportunities were opening for me.
Knowing how to code and being passionate about it has given me skills that are in high demand in the workforce. I now possess knowledge that I believe everyone in today’s society needs, as we all depend on technology so heavily. If people say technology controls a big part of our lives, shouldn’t we also be able to learn how to work with it?
Even though I love working with technology, I will not have many opportunities in high school to take any computer science class. The only choice I have now is to take some courses during the summer. Problem is, I can’t stand summer school. The heat is unbearable and it can get really boring. Instead, I’ve decided to keep attending Teens Learning Code workshops and continue to practice at home. While I still want to pursue a career in life sciences, in university, my electives will be plenty of computer science courses. You don’t have to major in computer science—there are many ways to learn to code, and it will benefit you in almost any career you have.
I’m guessing now you want to know more about coding but have no idea to get started. You could do I what I did—and get inspired by going to Teens Learning Code workshop which has a safe, nurturing, and encouraging environment.
Let’s all equip ourselves with some important and awesome skills!
Want to learn more? Our Teens Learning Code program offers female-identifying and non-binary youth ages 13-17 opportunities to take action on ideas that will shape our future while leveraging the power of technology. Our learning experiences are much more than learning how to code. Our experiences empower teens to learn problem solving skills, how to turn ideas into reality, exposure to what a future in technology could look like, and much more. See our upcoming workshops and events at teenslearningcode.com.
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