I started my early twenties learning carpentry and other construction related skills. I found myself there unintentionally and never really grew to love it. Eventually I went to college for an undergraduate degree in history and philosophy which I still I love to learn about. I fully immersed myself in it and made the president's list most semesters. After graduating I found that the degree opened no doors unless I went back to school and further in debt.
During a time of contemplation on what my next step would be I stumbled upon a podcast interview with Nolan Bushnell, the creator of Atari. I had never heard of him at the time. When he talked about building the Atari back in the 70s with a small group of individuals, it was inspiration enough for me. I didn't know what I would end up doing but I knew the path involved learning to code. Or at least that was the next step. I have always been drawn to design as well so I wanted to implement that into the path too.
After going to various events and talking with people in the industry, I thought a coding bootcamp would be in my future. I ended up going with Startup Institute because of their focus on soft skills - which I am slower with learning than hard skills.