Seems like most devs that I meet at conferences didn’t start off as developers or even go to college to get a CS degree. And many didn’t even go to college. So I’m wondering, what do you think you’d be doing if you hadn’t become a developer?
Here’s my story. I’d love to read yours in the comments, or better yet write your story on your blog and link to it from here.
A long winding road
I went to college – majoring in Math/Physics – at the U of Az. Then dropped out to teach at Space Academy in Huntsville, AL. Then back to college but dropped out again to get a degree in massage therapy from the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts. Then back to college at NAU – Northern Az – still trying to get a degree in Math and working part time as a nude model for the art department. Then I switched my major to History and finally Philosophy. I spent my last year of college studying abroad in Swansea, Wales.
Not a dime to my name
Picture this, I’m on my way back to the US after going to school in Wales. I’m at Hethrow airport and buy a value meal at Burger King. I didn’t have enough money left over to get it super-sized. In fact I had only 7-cents left in my pocket when I landed in DC. Fortunately I had good friends who gave me a place to stay.
If I’d had enough money to get back to school I would have ended up a professor of Philosophy.