In November, I participated in my first Django Girls event. At the time, I was learning Ruby on Rails. I remember being astounded by the differences between Rails’ and Django’s design patterns. Although I didn’t get to write much Python that day, I was hooked. In four hours I was able to write and deploy my first Django blog. I decided to write my capstone project for Ada Developers Academy using Django and React.
Since then, I have become more involved in the coding community. I received the PyLadies scholarship to PyCon. At the last monthly PuPPy event, I gave my first lightning talk about my experience at PyCon this year. I have become friends with the fantastic founder of She’s Coding (Nathalie Steinmetz) and have volunteered at the Tech Women Rising and WIT Regatta.
As my five month internship at Tableau winds down, I have been realizing that I’ve been doing and learning a lot this past year. So far, I have moved across the country, graduated from Ada Developers Academy, learned Python and Ruby, dabbled in AWS, started my career in tech, and run my first marathon. That isn’t even all of it.
When I heard that there would be another Django Girls event. I decided that it was time for me to give back. I promptly told Nathalie from She’s Coding that I was interested in volunteering.
I’m here today and I was able to help a woman named Georgia on her coding journey. With my assistance, she was able to complete her first blog in Django. Congratulations, Georgia! We started with some Python shell calculations and learned about data structures. It’s great that I have been able to come full circle and help someone else learn Django.