Poet Gone Programmer

Posted by Amanda Murphy on July 16, 2018

Oh hey! I’m Amanda.

Thanks for finding your way to my site. I thought I would do a quick introduction about myself before I start sharing technical posts.

I’m an online self-paced web development student at Flatiron School, a wife to a grad student, and a boy mom to a toddler and a Maine Coon cat.

I started studying code with Flatiron School in July 2018, after working in the service industry for eleven years, ranging from selling elephant ears at rodeos to working at a state favorite steakhouse to managing fifteen housekeepers at a hotel in downtown Indianapolis.

I have a bachelors in creative writing, and am an awarded, published, and produced poet and playwright. These days most of my writing is for Intercoastals , an online publication I run with my husband, but I always have several projects on my mind and up my sleeve. I also started my own photography business last year, and it’s a hobby / side hustle I really enjoy.

My husband, Ries, and I met and graduated from DePauw University, both as creative writing majors. We survived a five year Marine enlistment and a deployment together, and worked as defense contractors for a couple years before we decided to return to school.

Ries is studying Human-Computer Interaction and Design (HCI/d) at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana while I’m learning to code. We’ve almost always worked in the same field, but in different positions–we like being able to talk about work without ever being in competition. He graduates in May, so we’re both applying to jobs this spring, and I can’t wait to see where we end up.

Ries is actually the person who introduced me to programming. He had learned a couple languages when he was in the military and had several friends who were programmers. I had no idea what coding / programming was until early 2018. One day I came home from work and was telling him about my ideal job, and things I liked doing (which included my unnatural love for assembling IKEA furniture) and he said, “You’re never going to believe it, but I think you might be a programmer.”

After that, I began experimenting with code on Codecademy, Udemy, and Grasshopper and couple months later, I applied for a scholarship and admission to Flatiron School. When I got my admission email I cried. I didn’t know much, but I knew it was a good fit.

Getting through the Flatiron School curriculum took me a long time as a stay at home mom with a working grad student as a husband, but it’s without a doubt my greatest accomplishment–outside of making a tiny person, which was honestly, a lot less work.

I am currently working on my final project (building a React application with a Rails API back-end) and I’ll begin revising my resume and projects, creating a portfolio page, and applying to junior developer positions very soon.

Outside of writing code, some of my other interests include: non-toxic beauty, skin, and home products; story driven video games; holistic health and functional medicine; working out / movement in general; horror / crime fiction / thriller books; mythology, folklore, and ghost stories; digital comics; music; and Walt Disney World.

If you want to know more about those interests, you should check out Intercoastals (this article is a good starting point..)

I think that’s all I can think of for now, but if you want to connect on other platforms, I’ll leave my social links below.


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