Student Stories: Desislava Genova

Currently studying Front-end Web Development

Q: About yourself

Hi everyone, I am Desislava from Bulgaria. I currently live in Madrid, Spain. I am a designer. I began learning how to code by myself because one of my clients wanted an HTML signature design. Back then, I had no idea how to do it, so I began learning some HTML and CSS on my own to get it done.

The whole experience got me very interested in web development. I began playing around with Wordpress using some templates. Later on, I wanted to customize my own templates. I started to fall in love with web development.

"Most people would tell you that they found web development interesting. But, in my case, I think it’s completely opposite. It found me!"

I felt that there’s some gap between what I know and what I want to accomplish, so I wanted to learn more.

Q: Why Altcademy?

I actually saw many learning resources online. Ultimately, I liked Altcademy for being realistic. There are no high hopes or fake promises. Altcademy’s motto really resonates with me – “Learn enough to learn more”. I want to truly understand the fundamentals and expand my knowledge. Altcademy gave me confidence in that. Things kinda clicked!

I want to complement whatever I am doing with coding. Altcademy doesn’t require me to change my career, but I can still keep improving myself. In-person bootcamp is usually time-demanding, and I want to work full-time. Altcademy is extremely well-structured with logical exercises. I want to fill up basic knowledge first. I also get very excited about getting things to work.

Q: What are you working on now?

I am working on my portfolio website. I am familiar with graphic design with motions, so it was natural for me to add animations on my portfolio website. Check it out here!

Q: What's your long-term goal?

Well, maybe it’s not long-term. I like to get into new things with incremental steps. I want to turn building websites into my core workload and competency. I think having a designer background gives me an edge and advantage too.

I am beginning to learn JavaScript now, and it’s very interesting. I want to learn more and continue to learn. Build something and get it out in the real world. Freelance more websites and get clients! Anything towards the these directions would be cool!

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