I always had a knack for creativity, even though I never really imagined I would become a software engineer at the same social app I was using to look for a job.
It seems like just yesterday I was staying up late nights, drinking coffee and banging my head against the wall all night trying to get through problem sets.
But what I was dealing with was the reality of life, the fact that in order to achieve something great in life you must be ready to overcome obstables, battles and rough situations.
Prior to working at LinkedIn, I had just began teaching youth of color how to code through an organization called Hack the Hood and studied programming with members of the VetsInTech community.
I believe everyone should learn how to code and as a software engineer I hope I can inspire more people to take the step into this career where in most companies black and veterans represent less than 1% of the software engineers.