Mario Orellana

I first became interested in technology when I was about 12 and got my first laptop. I decided to take it apart and, of course, I had no idea what I was doing and I broke it. But seeing the inside of that laptop and all that I didn’t understand, I knew there were things I wanted to figure out.

The thing that I enjoy about coding is how much you can make it yours. No matter how much code you use from someone else, you can change it and it can become yours. You can also take the code you have used before and redo it and modify it to do everything you want it to do. Coding is also a very purposeful and fun way to spend time if you have nothing else to do, which as an introverted teen, is a good thing for me! Lots of benefits, and I enjoy it!

With the coding experience I’ve had at PPL taking the Rhode Coders 2.0 courses, I’m thinking of becoming a software developer; I feel I have a great head start into a career in computer science. I’ve also enjoyed the opportunity I’ve had here as a teaching assistant…I like seeing people learn things that they are passionate about or seeing them learn by having fun.

The experiences I have from the Library have helped me develop my communication skills with my peers as well as build my overall confidence. The Library has helped give me the resources to learn and become more confident in my skills and myself. I’ve also made new friends and reconnected with old ones!

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