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Featured STL Developer Student for April 2019

Featured STL Developer Student for April 2019

April 19, 2019 in Featured Students / by Christina Parker

ASHLEY DEPUNG

 

Bio

I’ve spent most of my professional life in the retail industry before finding a comfortable job as an Admin Assistant. While in that position my passion for technology came into full view. In both my personal and professional life people were coming to me for help with different technology problems, I enjoyed solving and learning from each one. It wasn’t easy but I knew I needed to follow this passion. So I decided to go all in. I found Centriq, quit my comfortable job, and fully immersed myself into the program. It feels a lot like free falling, but I soak up every bit of information I can along the way.

Q&A

Q: Why did you decide to come to Centriq?
A: I had been researching a lot of different tech schools and I was having a difficult time deciding which one to go to. I knew I wanted to learn about web development, but I wasn’t sure what school would offer the best opportunity. I tried asking people I knew in the field but no one seemed to have a solid answer, then my wife’s IT Director recommended Centriq. I hadn’t heard of it, but it was everything I was looking for. It offered way more curriculum than a lot of other schools I’d been scouting and it was four months(more than a bootcamp). I researched and found a lot of praise for their Kansas City chapter so here I am!

Q: What class has been your favorite so far?
A: The class that has been the most rewarding for me so far is MVC2 leading into Team. I feel like front end comes a bit more naturally because I enjoy being creative, but adding the other tiers gives me more power to solve real-world problems and scenarios. The farther into the program I get the more I enjoy it, all the puzzle pieces are starting coming together and I want to learn more.

Q: What do you hope to do after Centriq?
A: The easy answer would be I hope to get a job with a good company that would help me grow into a better software developer. But I know that isn’t all of it, I hope to continue my education once I’m finished. I’d like to learn more languages, likely centered around my interests in developing websites that act like apps(ex. PWA). I also want to get more involved in getting my community involved in tech, particularly getting youth and minorities a chance to delve into coding.

Q: What other hobbies and interests do you have?
A: I’m a meme enthusiast, a licensed Hair Stylist, INTP, and I still like to play Skyrim. Still collecting ALL the ingredients. ‘To do what?’ you may ask. Nothing. I just want them all. Insert Pokemon theme song here.

 

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