Accidentally Wonderfulby Brandon
When we were blissfully ignorant children, our parents wisely told us, "You can be anything you want to be." And they meant it. Although inspirational, that statement is extremely overwhelming. Out of everything there is to be, you have be something (or a small set of somethings).
When I was a freshman in college, I still had no idea what I wanted to do. I entered Rowan University as a Math major, as that was something I was quite good at, but it still wasn't something I particularly liked. I put in a lot of hard hours my first semester as a Math major, but somewhere in between all of that I had to sign up for courses for the next semester.
I accidentally added an introduction to programming course, and didn't realize until next semester started.
When the second semester started, I actually decided to attend the first week before I made my decision to drop it. I had only written a few lines of code within the first week of classes, but shortly after, I realized I had accidentally stumbled into something that was truly wonderful. This would be my passion.
Fast forward a few hundred-thousand lines of code, thicker callouses on the tips of my fingers, and a few thousand cups of coffee later: Stackoverflow is yelling at me to update my careers profile. Seeing the message every time I logged on, I amassed a sincere frustration and so I complied.
I updated my profile.
"Check out some companies!" Stackoverflow now yelled at me. I obeyed.
I looked at the list. An orange carrot-shaped logo immediately caught my attention, so I clicked further to discover Carrot Creative. After falling in love with their design work, I shot them my resume and crossed my calloused fingers.
Now here I am.
I just finished up my first week here at Carrot and I know I'm going to love it. I already feel like I'm part of the Carrot team, which is a big deal to me as I usually feel like an outsider for a long time when put into new situations. I know I'm going to learn a lot from my fellow Developers, as they all seem extremely smart and inspirational. I'm probably going to learn a lot from other teams too, as the spread of knowledge seems rampant at Carrot. I know I currently feel like a member of the team, but I'm starting to feel like a member of the Carrot family :).
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