Rachel Bird - Ruby on Rails Developer
I recently completed an online full-stack web development boot camp in Ruby on Rails, and am excited to be changing careers to tech. I love talking about coding @codinglady.
I'm also a sports journalist and tennis lover. I have a Twitter account that follows the pro tennis tour @thesportbird. Since I can't watch those athletes without wanting to be in great shape too, I do distance running and have completed more half-marathons than I can count. To cool down, I play piano, mostly pop these days, that way I can sing all I want! It's been awhile since I wrote a book, so I'm getting started writing one about life as a developer. If it's anything like the previous novels, it's going to be hilarious and set in Los Angeles. This may sound like a lot, but for me, it's just normal. I have great time management skills, and believe that life is for the liver of it (not the kidneys). There's still plenty of time to code!
I started my Bachelor's in philosophy at UC Santa Barbara at age 16 when I was still in high school, and graduated at age 20 with some grad work done. I got a 4.0 GPA at a study abroad program at Cambridge University where I earned 20 upper-division quarter units in 2 months. I was also voted funniest person in the program during an impromptu vote in the lunch line.
I started a Master's program in Tibetan Buddhism at Maitripa College in Portland, Oregon. A total newbie, I enrolled in a Classical Tibetan language intensive over a summer, and went from the beginning to advanced class in eight weeks. I eventually left the program to become a web developer. But I'll still write your name in phonetic Tibetan anytime!
I enrolled in Bloc's online full-stack web development boot camp when I was fully employed. Halfway through I committed to becoming a web developer, left my job, and finished the program from Crete in Greece. I got to winter in one of the greatest places in the world while I was in school. Opa!