I also found that I now can’t wait to wake up in the morning just so I can keep coding and making stuff.
By Natasha Murashev (Software Engineer, Hipmunk)

Learning to code is one the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and I can’t believe I actually stuck to it and didn’t quit. To be honest, I actually did quit a few times, for a few days or weeks in a row at a time, but I then came back to it and kept going.

It’s been almost a year since I first decided to learn to code, and what a year! Over the past year, I’ve completed the Stanford CS106A Java course for free online, learned Ruby via rubylearning.org and through fun side projects, started learning Rails via Michael Hartl’s Ruby on Rails tutorial, and completed Dev Bootcamp, which helped me fill the gaps in my knowledge and learn the best practices in the industry.

I’m glad I stuck to it, because it is also the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done…

I really enjoyed the learning process, but as of a few weeks ago, something new happened. I started to absolutely LOVE programming. Making a silly site like this one made me so happy, I couldn’t stop laughing.

I also found that I now can’t wait to wake up in the morning just so I can keep coding and making stuff. Having a superpower is just soooo much fun. There’s no way I’ll be quitting now!

It is with this in mind that I’d like to announce some super exciting news.

I’m really thrilled to be joining the Hipmunk team as a SOFTWARE ENGINEER!!!!!

At Hipmunk, I’ll be learning and coding in Python. As a software engineer, it is important to not stick to one language, since languages change so often and we need to be flexible enough to quickly pick up the right language for the job. So I’m extremely excited and grateful to have exposure to something new and to learn from the best.

One of the most important things I learned in the last year is that there is always more to learn. I’m happy to start this new chapter of my long journey from beginner to master.

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About the guest blogger: Natasha Murashevs is a Software Engineer at Hipmunk. She has been learning to code for the past year, and is currently learning Python. You can follow Natasha’s experience at her blog. Follow her on Twitter at @natashatherobot.