In 2021, I moved into a small shed on Lake Erie in order to change careers. It's beautiful enough to make you marvel, but isolated and without distraction. After completing Actualize Coding Bootcamp, a 4-month Chicago-based software development program, I was hired as a teaching assistant, for the following cohort. I was originally drawn to the program for its focus on education, and the next 3 months of TA work was likewise very fulfilling. Immediately following, I joined Sparkbox as one of three Full-Stack Apprentices for their 6-month program. Sparkbox, an intimately-sized ~50 person web design and development consultancy, works with ‘household-name’ type-clients. Picture an international retail parent company, big tech used by millions daily, and ivy league. While completing my own rigorous curriculum, I got to witness each of these projects develop and evolve first-hand. I ’ve been blessed to get to work with many wonderful people, who continue to teach me more and more every day. It’s been an amazing period of growth and transformation, reaffirming my passion for problem solving and community.