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An International Student's Experience

Hi there, I’m Sergio and the first thing you need to know about me is that I’ve never thought I would become a programmer.

 

I come from a numbers and math environment. I studied engineering back in my home country, and also started to take some free programming courses there too, but actually after a while (2 months) I quit, because I felt the courses were too hard, I was totally lost. Then I thought that maybe networking was my thing. So I got into a CCNA course just on Saturdays but dropped out again after 7 months. The reason actually was not due to lack of understanding, but because of time management, since I had a demanding and time consuming full-time job at the time. After these two attempts, I made up my mind that I will never be a programmer nor a guy who can work in technology.

 

Even when I first arrived in Canada, I was about to start my studies in logistics. However, in a fortunate turn of events, I changed my mind and decided to give programming a try again. I told myself, this time, I am investing my whole body, mind, and soul into it, so I would finally get it and become familiar with programming. I also thought that due to my age, I was 29 when I started the program, that I wouldn’t be able to accomplish this task, but voilá. I’m about to begin my last year in programming and I have to say that it has been one of my greatest experiences ever. Studying at LaSalle College has been a great opportunity for me. I’ve met some great teachers, such as Ms. Nariman or Mr. Cao, which I consider a beacon and a reference when it comes to talent and fostering that feeling of engagement with programming.

 

Programming is not that hard after you pick up the logic that works behind it. Programming allows you to open your mind greatly and consider all the range of possibilities you can approach to solving a problem. After a while, with every time you face a problem you start breaking it up into the variables, trying at the same time to identify the root cause. It’s a great experience and I really encourage anyone to get into it.