Student Experience Merel // Full-Stack Development by Le Wagon)

Who can better tell you what to expect during the BSSA programme then our students? Every week we share their experiences. Where do they professionally come from and where are they now? This week’s up Merel Steenbrink (Full-Stack Development by Le Wagon).

 

‘I want to use technology to improve the world and help people to understand things. After we understand how things work, we can do things more efficiently, better and smarter.’

How did you get in touch with the BSSA?
I had just graduated mathematics (bèta-gamma) and I felt like I had my degree but zero skills. I wanted to do something where I have to think very hard, but didn’t know how to put it into practice. A friend told me about the BSSA and how she thought it was perfect for me. It looked like a course were you could learn skills and apply clear thinking.

How did you experience the programme?
The BSSA was a crash course in how to dive into the real world. I really learned an incredible amount of skills. Three months ago I could barely open my laptop and now I build a website. That’s really awesome!

I was very happy with the programme. In mathematics you think really hard and every two weeks you have a euphoric moment. Here you have one every day! Every day you get results and loads of confirmation. I also learned that I’m pretty well at programming and I shouldn’t be afraid of telling people that I am.

Over the past three months I said yes to everything. I had never interviewed someone and suddenly I was interviewing every week in front of a camera and an audience. I find it really cool and others also liked it. This is perhaps my greatest discovery.

With a small group we made Refugapp. With this app we want to bridge the gap between people who already live in the Netherlands and those who are new. Not out of pity but based on what the newcomers have to offer. They have a lot of skills and abilities but they just lack the network and they don’t speak the language. It’s like an exchange of skills.

Where do you see yourself in the future?
I don’t want to program only, but being more of a bridge between the geeks and the real world. I want to use technology to improve the world and help people to understand things. After we understand how things work, we can do things more efficiently, better and smarter.