Learner stories

Getting a head start on a Computer Science degree

Tyler V., Student, Reno, NV, United States

Tyler's learning journey: Learn Python 3, Learn the Command Line, and Computer Science.

Pursuing a degree in Computer Science

“My grandfather owned a machining business way back when I was a kid, so I was always interested in seeing how those CNC machines worked.” This fall, Tyler is heading back to school to find out.

“I am pursuing a Computer Science degree,” says Tyler. “I decided to sign up for Codecademy in order to get my foot in the door and get a little experience in before I go headfirst into the classes in college.

“I log into Codecademy for about 30 minutes to an hour a day, whether I’m in the curriculum or exploring the forums, and I feel like I’m learning so much already. I started Codecademy with no coding experience whatsoever, and I’m so excited to see where this will go.”

Staying motivated while learning from home

Tyler is heading back to school remotely, due to the pandemic. And Codecademy has been his first experience with learning to code — and with learning online.

“It was a little frustrating at first,” he says. “Sometimes I didn’t understand why something was happening. But you just push through it and eventually things start clicking and it’s cool when it does start finally making sense.”

Part of what kept Tyler motivated and accountable was taking part in the Codecademy 30-Day Challenge. “I ended up going on every day, 30 minutes to an hour a day. That’s perfect for me because it makes sure that even in those times where I’m stuck or can’t figure something out I’m still logging in and doing something and it helps me keep that path going.”

I started with no coding experience and I’m so excited to see where this will go.

Diving headfirst into learning

“I’ve always loved to learn,” Tyler says. “I’m just excited to learn.” So, in preparation for classes to start, he’s been enjoying exploring and getting a head start on the world of programming through Codecademy.

“I’m on the Computer Science skill path right now, which focuses a lot of Python 3 and the command line in the beginning, so it’s kinda cool to surf around in my own directories on the command line. I’ve taken Python 3 step by step, starting with just assigning variables and now I’m working with inheritance and polymorphism. It’s pretty cool.

“I’m an explorer. I want to try it all out and see what I like best and see where it takes me.”