Why I Code

Via my article on The Odyssey Online.

Many coding assignments or projects involve late nights, energy drinks, questioning your code and errors that take you hours to fix. To me, all of that is worth it because it’s something I’m passionate about. When I finally complete an assignment I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to. Even though I could list thousands of reasons, here are the top five reasons why I continue to code.

1. It always makes me want to learn more

Looking back at each assignment I’ve completed, I’ve noticed how far I have come and how much more learning I have to do. I don’t get discouraged though because seeing a really cool feature in an app or website always spikes my curiosity. It makes me wonder how to even begin creating a similar feature. After a night full of google search after Google search, I go to bed daydreaming of the day my app is #1 on the charts.

2. Seeing everything work how it’s supposed to feels great

Yeah, there are times where it can be stressful and confusing but the end-product is what keeps me going. Seeing everything compile and run smoothly is a satisfying feeling. Being able to say, “I created this and it works” makes the tough problem solving and debugging all worth it. I have come to realize that, yes, I did choose the right field of study and career path.

3. I feel a sense of empowerment

I don’t have to complete the whole program to feel accomplished. After figuring out an error that may have taken hours, even days to fix, I feel like I’m on top of the world. Even if there’s still a long list of errors, it gives me the ability to move to the next problem with even more confidence. It also gives me excitement and motivation to continue working on side projects.

4. It’s an easy way to get away from the world for awhile

Some people read, write, or workout when in need of time alone. My go-to place is inside the computer. I’ll put in my headphones, code, and forget about the world for a few hours. Some nights I look at the clock and wonder where the time has gone because it’s easy to get lost in the code. I’m grateful to have a place to go after a long and stressful day.

5. Because why not?

Coding is the future and a valuable skill to have. I can be creative, improve my problem-solving skills and untimely do something that I’m passionate about. Thinking back to my first day of programming class, I was terrified. I had no idea what to expect or if I’d even be any good. I went in with an attitude of asking myself, “Why not at least try it?” Today I can say that I’m thankful for going into technology and all of the opportunities it has brought me. I code because it not only motivates me to do better but it truly brings me a feeling of happiness.

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