How RailsBridge Opened the Door For Me

Last weekend I attended the 100th RailsBridge workshop, held in Louisville, Colorado. I helped teach people who were either completely new to programming, or just new to Ruby.  This was a lot of fun and a big confidence builder for me, because the last time I went to a Railsbridge workshop, I didn't even know what Ruby or Rails was

Learning what a string is for the first time, December 1, 2012

At the workshop in December, I met several people who would later become my mentors and teachers, including Jeff Casimir of Jumpstart Lab and gSchool. He told us about the program and really encouraged us all to apply, but the catch was we had to do it in a day, because we were already up against the deadline. I had so much fun learning Ruby at RailsBridge that I spent the entire next day putting together my application for gSchool. Just two weeks later, I interviewed and was accepted. I was so excited and admittedly a little in shock, the reality that I was going to go back to school full-time felt too good to be true. I'd never gone to college (because - skiing - duh) and it had been a dream for a long time to continue my education.

Teaching at RailsBridge, June 22, 2013 (far left)

Going back to RailsBridge this weekend felt very full-circle. Although I'm still just a student myself, I was able to help others learn, and see their excitement as they embark on their new journey.

The weekend also ended in the best way possible. First thing Monday morning, I received a job offer from TurboVote!!!!! I'll be going to work there at the end of July as an apprentice, and I could not possibly be more excited or grateful.

Beth Medina, a software engineer at Comverge, made this kick-ass cake

Thank you Sarah Allen, Sarah Mei and everyone else who helped make RailsBridge happen. I will forever be indebted to this organization, and will never forget how RailsBridge swung the programming door wide open for me.