Techy Lisa's Coding Adventures

Techy Lisa's Coding Adventures

From the Beginning, Part One: Playing Around

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From the Beginning, Part One: Playing Around

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·Aug 8, 2022·

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Hi! 👋 My name is Lisa, a soon-to-be college student at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Nice to meet you 🙂

In just under a month, I will be entering SAIT's Software Development program, and this Hashnode blog will serve as an archive of my coding journey before and while I'm in school. Maybe even after depending on what my life looks like. But let's back it up just a bit so I can share my coding journey up until now.

I was much younger when I learned that computers could be used to create things with “code.” I had no idea what that meant, but I needed to find out. We didn’t have the internet at my parent’s house for a long time, so I would walk half an hour after school to our local library to use the internet in search of The Code. I would fiddle with the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (JS) of all kinds of websites, trying to figure out what each thing did and could do. Eventually, I started taking out library books to read about tags, attributes, variables, and other labels attached to the languages I was learning. When we finally got the internet at home — not the most stable of connections, but better than nothing — I downloaded Evrsoft’s HTML editor 1st Page because a) it was $Free.99, and b) it could be used without internet access for those days when the Gods of Wi-Fi failed to bless us with their radio waves. And just like that, I was hooked.

I told everyone who would listen that I should make websites for them for no reason other than I wanted to (no one but my mom ever took me up on my offers). I stayed up late at night making the weirdest CSS images. I cried when my extremely old desktop crashed, and I had forgotten to save what I was doing. Regardless, I was so in love with everything I was creating that the hours I spent each day and night learning never felt like work.

Yet I never thought I was, or could ever be, good enough to make a career out of it.

To be honest, no one around me — friends, family, or otherwise — knew much about computers, the internet, or technology in general: all of the learning I was doing looked more like play than education to those who were around to witness it. And since they didn’t see the value in it, neither did I. Eventually, I just let it all go.

A side view of Heritage Hall at SAIT. Photo taken from

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I decided I wanted to go back to school and finally fulfill my dream of working in tech. That would mean re-taking some high school math courses and beating some serious Imposter Syndrome. I applied to SAIT earlier this year for admission into their Information Technology program with a major in Software Development and was accepted! However, weeks later I was given the option of transferring into SAIT's newly-created Software Development program and did just that.

So here I am, a month before school begins, excited and ready to learn all that I can. So let's begin.

In Part Two of this blog introduction series, I’ll be blogging more about myself and my interests in the world of tech

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