The Spring semester is finally over! I blasted out of Programming with an A (98% overall!), and Calculus with a B (87%!) and I got to end my Spring semester in a week-long programming and career building boot-camp hosted by the WIT organization on the GGC campus!
During the week long bootcamp hosted by the Women in Technology organization, myself and 20 other young women in various STEM fields got to spend the week coding Android applications, expanding our Java programming portfolios, and visiting IT companies in the greater Atlanta area, and getting to speak with amazing women who are already making amazing strides within the Technology field. (Such as Dr. Adriane Randolph from the Kennesaw State University BrainLab — for the record, she is an AMAZING woman, and I’ve gotten to chat with her a bit more via LinkedIn as *Squee*.)
We got to do a lot of amazing stuff over the week, but one of the best parts (other than all of the programming) was getting to meet all of the other female programming/technology students that I became friends with over the course of the week: Jessica, Merri, Precious, Ted, Thalina, & Wynter quickly became like sisters to me! And it goes without saying that ALL of the professors who took part were simply amazing!
This is all even more amazing because not only did I make several awesome professional connections, I also got a job offer at a very nice IT company in Atlanta during a group visit, because of my prior hardware & server/desktop virtualization knowledge. Which is awesome, but unfortunately I’m going into programming because I don’t want to have to deal with that part of the IT field anymore (Networking/hardware is pretty much eww to me now.) But when I mentioned that I would be interested in programming work the lovely man who made the offer gave me his card and told me to add him on LinkedIn and stay in touch once I finish my degree.
I can honestly say that I have never been happier in my entire life than I am now. I have tons of amazing friends, an awesome career on the horizon (in a field that PAYS STUPIDLY WELL for something I do for FUN no less!), and I am engaged to the most amazing and beautiful man to ever walk the face of this earth.
Nope. My life is ultimately amazing and perfect, just like me.