1  public class Hello{
2      public static void main(String[] args){
3          System.out.println(“Hello, World!”);
4      }
5  }


Hello, World!  

If the title hadn’t tipped you off, I’m a coder, and I’m a lady.  My path to computer science has been a little convoluted, but one of those things where the journey was necessary.  I didn’t study computer science when I was an undergraduate.  Instead, I fell in love with computer animation and chased that dream as far as I could– studying media production and graphics/animation.  Five years later, I found myself in a fairly successful career trajectory in broadcast journalism, but that’s not really what I wanted.  I wanted to be an animator.  And what do computer animators need?  Computer Programming.

So I packed up my stuff and left New York City.  It was a terrifying decision but ultimately it was the right one.  A few months later, I started taking classes to earn a Computer Programming Certificate from NCSU.  It’s been a wild year, and so far I am loving my classes.  Will this lead to an animation career?  Maybe, but even if it doesn’t, I know it’s going to take me someplace wonderful.

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