Michele Cruz - SheCodes Success Story | SheCodes

Michele Cruz
SheCodes Graduate


Job Title
Stay-at-home Mom


Location
Clermont


Nationality
Puerto Rican


Written by Lexi Dillon,
Edited by Lexi Dillon, January, 2022

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป SheCodes Success Story

Michele

How a stay-at-home mom learned how to code!ย 

Michele was a SheCodes student from March 2021 - August 2021.

๐Ÿ™โ€โ™€๏ธ Before SheCodes

Michele is a stay-at-home mom who is working towards achieving her career goals by gaining some coding knowledge! ๐Ÿ’ช ๐Ÿ’ป She spent much of her life in Chicago, Illinois, and is currently living in Clermont, Florida.ย 

In her free time, she likes to spend time with her daughters doing things like dancing, working on art projects, and staying active. She says that sheโ€™s living mom life 24/7 and spends the majority of her time taking care of her motherly duties.ย 

Michele studied communication and media studies in university. After university, she spent many years working in guest services at a few hotel chains and as a Math and Science teacher. She is now dedicated to being a full time mother, but has been yearning to find a career that allows her a lot of freedom and a high salary to help her provide a better future for her daughters. She's thought about pursuing something in the STEM field because of her experience working as a math and science teacher. She knew that in order to do so, sheโ€™d have to gain some coding knowledge.ย 

โ€œFor quite some time I had been wanting to do something different as a career that could really allow me to provide for my daughters. I've always been interested in STEM and with my background as a Science and Math teacher...I was so excited when the most beautiful Godsend appeared on my YouTube recommendation about SheCodes.โ€ย 

After she came across SheCodes on YouTube, she was immediately interested in joining. However, she was worried that as a single mom busy with taking care of her kids, she wouldnโ€™t have time to learn how to code. But after chatting with the SheCodes team, she decided to jump in. ๐Ÿ™Œ And we couldnโ€™t be happier that she did!!ย 

โ€œI found myself wanting to join SheCodes. I worried that as a single mom juggling kids, homeschool, and play time that there would be NO WAY I could do this and not fall behind but after some emails with the team I was reassured that I COULD DO IT and that was the moment I took the plunge.โ€

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป Her SheCodes Experience

After joining the SheCodes free class, Michele thought that SheCodes would be a great fit for her to gain some solid coding skills. ๐Ÿ˜„ย 

To ensure that she could reach her coding goals, Michele dedicated some time from her busy schedule to learn how to code - and the flexible schedule of SheCodes helped her stay on track. Micheleโ€™s favorite part of SheCodes was completing the hands-on coding projects, along with learning alongside other women in the SheCodes community. ๐Ÿ’œ

โ€œI set out on a mission to start and finish and made sure to do so throughout the course and I can honestly say that I am so proud of all the knowledge I've gained, so proud of myself and being able to say that I didn't allow anything to stop me from working hard, completing challenges and submitting homework on time. I DID IT!โ€

โ€œMy favorite part of SheCodes was seeing my projects come to life and feeling a sense of accomplishment. Learning with other women has been amazing! The whole experience is top notch! Perfect through and through.โ€

๐Ÿ™‹ How SheCodes has Helped to Change Her Life

Thanks to SheCodes, Michele feels that she can successfully achieve her goals of working in STEM. SheCodes helped give her confidence that she can work as a developer and make her coding dreams come true! ๐Ÿคฉ She started applying for coding internships shortly after completing SheCodes React.ย 

โ€œSheCodes has allowed me to feel the confidence to contact companies and apply for internships in hopes to be a developer. Iโ€™m one step closer to making my dreams come true!โ€

Michele plans on continuing to add technology and engineering experience to her already-existing science and math experience in order to continue to propel herself forward into the tech industry. She has a goal of combining front-end development work with her experience in customer support. We feel very confident sheโ€™ll be able to achieve all of her coding and career goals!! ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ผ Advice to Future SheCodes Students

Michele says that sheโ€™s had an amazing experience learning how to code with SheCodes! And it was easy to fit her coding work into her busy schedule. Her advice to those thinking about joining SheCodes is to go for it, because you have nothing to lose in learning how to code. Weโ€™d have to agree! ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

โ€œCould not be more proud of myself for starting and finishing this amazing journey with SheCodes. I found it on a whim and decided to go for it. At first thinking to myself, will I be able to manage as a single mom of 2 young kids but before I knew BAM! I received my first certification and became even more motivated to continue up until SheCodes React. I have the great pleasure of patting myself on the back for accomplishing the goal that I set and I'm thrilled.โ€

โ€œDO IT! You have nothing to lose but a whole new world of experience and knowledge to gain!โ€

Want to share your SheCodes story? Please email [email protected] to let us know that youโ€™re interested

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ผ

Check out more student stories

Kinga

Junior Web Developer

Read story

Filipa

Junior Web Developer

Read story

Elizaveta

API Specialist

Read story

Serena

Software Developer

Read story

Karol

Frontend Developer Trainee

Read story

Inga

Front-End Development Intern

Read story

Ada

Junior Web Developer

Read story

Lea

Front-End Developer

Read story

Elvira

Junior Front-end Developer

Read story

Quinn

Junior React Developer

Read story

Jรฉssica

Front-end Developer

Read story

Addina

Graphic Designer

Read story

McKenna

Web Strategist and Designer

Read story

Natalia

Junior Web Developer

Read story

Katrin

Front End Web Developer

Read story

Abbey

Front End Developer

Read story

Iris

Developer Trainee

Read story

Daniela

Freelance Developer

Read story

Sandra

Specialist

Read story

Caterine

Account Technology Strategist

Read story

Tiyana

Future Technologist

Read story

Emma

Budding Front End Developer

Read story

Elisha

Senior Learning & Development Officer

Read story

Vanda

Analyst

Read story

Nora

UX Designer

Read story

Taisiya

Recruiter

Read story

Natasha

Founder

Read story

Teresa

Web Developer/Service Designer

Read story

Lauren

Product Manager

Read story

Samantha

Communications Officer

Read story

Clara

Programmer

Read story

Mariana

Communications Manager

Read story

Ana Rita

Tax Consultant

Read story

Sofia

Project Manager

Read story

Goksen

Web Developer

Read story

Natsuki

Web Developer

Read story

Margarida

Application Development Associate

Read story

Sara

Junior Full Stack Developer

Read story

Jana

Front End Developer

Read story

Sofia

Web Developer

Read story

Cyrielle

Tech Support Engineer

Read story

Basia

Front-End Developer

Read story
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป

Learn how to code with
SheCodes

We offer a variety of workshop packages.

Employees from these organizations highly recommend SheCodes
See what they say โ†’