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Being black in STEM is a very unique and gratifying experience, though it can also often be isolating due to the nature of issues like the digital divide and how it perpetuates racial & class disparities. When I was growing up, technical vocations didn’t really seem like an option for me. Instead, I would immediately gravitate towards the Apple turtleneck archetype, with anything in relation to Mr. Jobs far beyond my scope. In a way I saw it for what it was — very white. This all leads me to say, representation matters. Highlighting unique voices throughout underrepresented communities is…


As I continue along on my treacherous software engineering journey, I recently came across an obstacle that I didn’t expect to be an issue in the first place — collaboration. Amidst a new project week I went from a solo team to a trio, and for a very visual learner like myself, just writing out the tasks on a Google Doc doesn’t cut it.

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The Wonder Pets have accomplished their goals thanks to Trello

Insert Trello to the rescue. Trello is a list-making style web application for all types of projects, with the intention of breaking down task responsibilities and tracking task statuses. Upon creating an account, you’ll be prompted…


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As a former Arts major, I enjoy nice looking things. While discovering my new passion for STEM, my love of aesthetics and storytelling has thankfully persisted throughout this unfamiliar process. One of the main factors that drew me to computer programming was the craft’s seamless ability to merge creativity and technicality. Amidst week 3 of my coding bootcamp journey I face the exciting obstacle of creating my first Ruby command-line (CLI) application, and as I get into the meat of ActiveRecord conventions, I know that for myself I have an additional goal for my project: I want it to look…

Lucius VanSlyke

Lover of games, food, and programming. Even when they don't love me back.

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