I am a strong believer that everyone should take at least one course in coding. Ever since I discovered programming, the world looks, sounds, and moves different to me.
It’s strange because it seems like my inner monologue sometimes sounds like code. I use coding shorthand when I take notes. I look at a web page and wonder what type of code they used to get a certain feature. Coding ignited a flame of sorts of curiosity in me. I want to know how things work and how they decided on solutions for everyday problems.
Programming has helped me refine my problem-solving skills and take them to a whole new level. I can use the same process I use when coding a website that I do when writing an essay or evaluation of some classical poem. Sometimes the process is as frustrating as the problem in any case. But, each time I run a code, finish an essay, or hit send on a project, I get the same sense of accomplishment.
Coding also has opened up a way for me to talk to people. I am not a very social person in most situations but when it comes to programming I can hold a conversation better than I could if it was almost any other subject. Coding has helped me find people that understand the way I see the world and how I think things through. It has opened another door for self-expression and socialization.
The world isn’t as confusing anymore. It still makes me wonder, renders me speechless, and sometimes makes me question everything but it isn’t as unpredictable anymore. I now see the world as a series of chain reactions, code reacting to user input. Coding makes you see and think about the world in a totally different way!