It’s Never Too Late – DEV Community

Alright people, time for me to brush off the mud on these running a blog fingers and toss this primary publish anxiousness out the window. Truthful warning, this may be my longest weblog publish regardless of it being my first on right here.



Let me first begin off by introducing myself.

Hey everybody! My identify is Brittany Kelly, however ever since I began modeling again in 2017, I have been going by Ritta… therefore my identify on right here and lots of different platforms referring to my tech life being B(ritta)ny. I am a 25 yr outdated girl at present primarily based out of New York Metropolis. Previously a D1 school athlete, I am now a full time trend mannequin and have labored in each the US and Europe. As you possibly can guess, I am now making my “transfer” into the tech trade like many others.

Why is “transfer” in quotations? Properly, theres a number of causes:

  1. I am not leaving my modeling profession behind, simply including on a tech profession to my life.

  2. I’ve all the time been a techie. This is not a brand new discovery when it comes to curiosity; In actual fact, it is a rediscovery of a misplaced love.

  3. I bounced out and in of tech majors in school… however we’ll dive into that later.

So let’s begin with level quantity 2. Tech has all the time been an enormous love in my life. I bear in mind my household having a kind of gateway PCs with the large screens again once I was 4 or 5. I used to be all the time involved in how the terminal would seem each time the pc was powered on, loading up the home windows OS. After all I used to be additionally everywhere in the web whether or not it’s pc video games (the vast majority of my pc time), studying languages, or a bit of later once I found blogs and discovered what anime was (the nice ol’ days of watching Fullmetal Alchemist ep 14 pt 3/4 on YouTube).

Except for gaming consoles, top-of-the-line Christmas items I ever obtained was my first laptop computer once I was round 7 or 8. That is once I actually dove into running a blog and even ended up constructing my very own tumblr and blogger layouts with HTML and CSS (additionally YouTube however their channels rapidly turned much less and fewer customizable).

Quick ahead a bit by means of my childhood of gaming, sports activities, anime, language, and music of all genres, and we land in my sophomore yr of highschool. I had simply transferred to a brand new college and I used to be excited to have the ability to take each digital design and recreation design. I excelled in each since they have been two topics that I used to be wildly involved in, however I ended up not persevering with on with recreation design because of the trainer seemingly hating to show, and I ended up dropping my additional elective slot in favor of getting a free interval to sleep earlier than volleyball observe.

Quick ahead but once more to my freshman yr of school… and level quantity 3! Do not you simply love how I took the time to make an ordered checklist and ended up not going with the ordered move?

A screenshot from my introduction video as a freshman volleyball player for USF

I entered school on the College of South Florida on full athletic scholarship together with an instructional scholarship beneath my belt as effectively. Seeing as tech and language have been my first two loves in life (apart from sports activities), I used to be clearly going to decide on a serious that was on the identical wavelength of a kind of. I ended up selecting the Worldwide Research main.

Large mistake.

This main was completely not what I anticipated it to be and I ended up switching to Mass Communications the following semester. At this level I had ended my collegiate athletics profession because of the accumulation of accidents I would sustained over time, psychological well being, a rising rift between my household and I, and general burnout. The difficulty with this, is that though I grew up having an curiosity in principally all the pieces, I hit a degree the place I dropped most of my pursuits to give attention to athletics. It is sadly extraordinarily widespread for athletes to come back out of their profession extraordinarily confused about what to do subsequent in the event that they find yourself not going the professional route as they anticipated. That is precisely what occurred to me.

I ended up taking a semester off and later ended up at a neighborhood school the place I studied recreation design after which rapidly switched to digital design. Round this time can also be once I gave modeling an opportunity and fell in love with it. I then realized that school was actually going nowhere for me because of not having a stable imaginative and prescient of what I actually needed to review, and the construction of school general did not move with the way in which my mind thinks and processes. Undiagnosed ADHD was additionally kicking my butt. I ended up taking an “indefinite break” (fairly phrases for saying I dropped out) and centered solely on modeling.

A viral photo from a photo shoot I did in 2017

Soar forward a number of years and abruptly we have hit 2020 and I have been “residing the dream” residing in New York Metropolis for a couple of yr now and modeling as my full time job.

COVID-19 has entered the chat.

Buh-bye modeling trade (and all the pieces else) and whats up void of confusion of self-expression and identification as a result of I abruptly have to determine but once more who I’m and what I like exterior of what I am consistently doing. Throughout the lockdown, I ended up dabbling in coding once more through Codecademy however did not keep it up and ended up taking an actual property licensing course as a substitute.

A promotional photo announcing me joining Keller Williams NYC as a real estate agent

Push ahead to the top of 2021, a number of months after coming back from modeling in Italy for a number of months, and I have been deeply considering what else I wish to pursue in life. I am a school dropout who has near no company job expertise. I wanted one thing that was each attention-grabbing to me, one thing that might presumably be versatile (or distant) sufficient for me to proceed my modeling, and likewise a area I might enter that’s much less diploma primarily based and extra capability primarily based. I ended up making a listing of all of the issues I remembered loving rising up and on the core of all the pieces, tech was all the time widespread part. So I understood that I needed to do one thing inside tech, however what?

Because the analysis nerd I’m, I began actually deep diving into tech jobs and looking out on the trade beneath a microscope. I ended up resonating with software program engineering because of it aligning with issues I’ve beloved since I used to be a toddler, the infinite paths you possibly can department into as an engineer, the truth that it is vitally believable to get into as a degree-lacking particular person, and I additionally would not need to axe my modeling profession (Hey! It is lastly level #1). After all the excessive pay is an apparent attracting perk as effectively.

I then begin doing a load of analysis on the most effective methods to hone your abilities with out going by means of getting a 4 yr school diploma. I knew I might go the utterly self taught route, however I additionally did all the time do higher once I had a set route and steerage from a trainer once I did not fairly perceive one thing. That is once I found bootcamps and was stunned to seek out that this was the kind of straight-to-the-point studying surroundings I needed from school however could not have because of the construction of the faculty system.

I then began coding on a regular basis through Codecademy’s software program engineering route since I knew I would not have the ability to begin a bootcamp till a bit of bit into the following yr because of me needing to return over to Europe for the primary two months of 2022. I would be there till the top of trend week month.

A runway shot from the ACT N1 Fall/Winter Milan Fashion Week show in February 2022

I used to be coding virtually each single day whereas I used to be abroad while additionally researching which bootcamp would match my wants and be finest for me on the time.

Ritta in posing in front of the Eiffel Tour in Paris, France

After returning to NYC in March, I introduced to my household my full plans about coming into a coding bootcamp and what I needed to do transferring ahead.

Though I had advised them about my ideas close to the top of 2021, this was the primary time I would actually laid out a stable recreation plan to my dad and mom. They we’re completely supportive of me pursuing an alternate profession in one thing that I actually had a protracted standing curiosity in and needed to spend money on my conviction (I am without end grateful to them for constantly believing in me and my capability to excel at something I really put my thoughts to). I allow them to know precisely what college I needed to enroll in and commenced the enrollment course of for Flatiron Faculty.

Flatiron Faculty’s accelerated full immersion software program engineering program checked off all of the bins of what I wanted. Together with being a particularly effectively acknowledged program, additionally they had many program begin dates and there was one that may begin quickly and finish proper earlier than the following large trend week. I ended up making use of for and being granted a partial scholarship and was totally accepted into this system after finishing the pre-work.

Now right here we’re, three weeks into this system, one handed coding problem down, one group mission completed, and section one accomplished. I’ve had many sleepless nights, and fairly a number of psychological breakdowns alongside on this quick time…

… However I have been in love with the educational course of the entire manner.

A very stressed Ritta trying to understand a confusing lecture topic

I am now in a position to construct fundamental web sites utilizing HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and we start diving deeper into JavaScript together with studying React beginning subsequent week. I am so excited each single day to be taught one thing new and apply my information in labs and initiatives. I’ve even gained a newfound love for group initiatives (I used to abhor them in highschool and school), and truly simply constructed a Pokémon Battle Simulator with two different teammates utilizing the PokeApi as a foundation for fetch requests.

The dopamine/serotonin I get when the code I’ve written in a lab passes all of the assessments, or once I get an internet app I’ve programmed to work the precise manner I’ve envisioned, is the very same feeling I had when scoring a successful level in a volleyball match or utterly shutting down a rival crew’s entrance row with blocks. Completely indescribable. It is the most important signal that that is what I am alleged to be doing and I am unable to wait to see the place this path takes me.

I’ve additionally beloved the connections I’ve already made by means of my classmates, different social media websites like twitter, and the way I have been in a position to develop nearer with a few of my different associates who both already work in tech or are additionally within the midst of migrating into tech.

That is the start of a journey that is truly a brand new arc within the longest journey of figuring myself out as an individual and I am wildly anticipating the following installment of the story. I will be documenting the entire journey on right here, micro-blogging and thought-blurbing on twitter, and vlogging on YouTube (do not maintain me to that).

A very tired but accomplished Ritta after finishing up the group project

WHEW. For those who made it by means of this entire publish, I applaud you and thanks for taking the time to study what lead me as much as this new saga in my life. Stick round, theres a lot extra to come back!



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