For this catch-up, we speak to Andrea Maggino, a Code Institute student based in Stockholm, Sweden.
Originally hailing from Venezuela, Andrea moved to Stockholm with her sister. Having studied Systems Engineering in Venezuela, it wasn’t until Andrea moved to Sweden that she began learning to code. It’s always great to hear from our students, thanks for taking the time to talk to us, Andrea!
Please introduce yourself
I am Andrea Maggino, I am 19 years old, and I live in Stockholm-Sweden.
What drew you to Code Institute?
I applied for several Swedish universities, but the waiting time for the result was pretty long, for that reason I decided to take advantage of my free time and start studying Software Development because I knew that all the knowledge that I am learning, will help me in the near future.
Now that you’re studying, what is a typical day studying like for you?
6:00: Wake up and make breakfast for my sister and me.
7:40: Start studying
9:00: First snack + relax time
12:00: I have lunch + second relax time
4:30: Meet my sister and go to the gym 🙂
A healthy, fruitful and organised day! Perfect combination
Since starting the course, what’s been the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
The responsibility and commitment to wake up every day focused on making progress, even if nobody is pushing me.
How have your studies impacted your life?
I feel more proactive and empowered because now I know how powerful our brains are and how much we can learn in such a short time.
When coding; do you listen to music or podcasts?
Does your town/city suit your life as a Software Developer?
Yes! Here in Sweden, the demand for developers is always increasing. Also, there are many organisations and companies that contribute with you to improve and make reality your projects.
Do you find that hobbies/activities outside of coding help with your work?
Yes, I like to go to the gym. It helps me to be healthy, energised and relaxed.
Knowing what you know now; what piece of advice would you like to give yourself before you started your life as a software developer
Prepare and commit yourself because it will be a challenge. However, stay focused and finish it. Whatever it takes to finish things, finish.
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