Recurse Center and New York, here I come!

Posted on December 23, 2016

​Hello, World!

Five days from now, I will be on a plane to New York to attend the Recurse Center and code for three months. Aaah! Five days! The longest I have traveled and been away from home before this is perhaps.. Two weeks? And now I am going to live abroad in a big city for three whole months. Me, who thought it was scary to move to Stockholm eight years ago. I have been pretty calm until now, but now it’s starting to feel strange.

Anyway, I am going there to learn how to code and hopefully be able to work as a developer when I get back home. I attended the Tjejer Kodar camps in London last fall and this September in Barcelona and it was so awesome. I remember asking my friend Annie, who was teaching the frontend track “Annie, is it really this fun to work as a developer? Every day?” and she said “Yeah! Pretty much!”. When I got home, I felt I had to do something about this, I could not let this new found love just slip through my fingers. So, Annie told me to look up Recurse Center (some of you may know it as Hacker School, its former name) and the ship was sailing. The ball was rolling. The record was spinning.. Not that good with english sayings. But you get it, right?

I feel really lucky to be able to do this, and lucky to have people around me who are helping out and supporting, if only one dares to reach out. I have received lots of help during the application process and help with reviewing my code, aside from just general support and encouragement. The whole crew and especially Annie (as mentioned) and Dennis, thank you so much. Once I got in, I felt like I had to start off by reading up a little bit on what I was going to do. I decided to learn C++ and to build games (why take the easy way?) and Mehrnaz Amanat Bari who is an AI developer at Paradox, has helped me.. like.. crazy much. Like insanely much. I am currently trying to build a small game of space invaders. Not as easy as it may sound, at least not in C++ for a complete beginner. I get moved and happy when I think about all you amazing, friendly, helpful people. If you read this, THANK YOU SO MUCH! Whether I will turn out a developer or not, your engagement and support means alot to me. Much love to you all!

So, about this blogging thing. My thought is to make this more of a “follow me on my journey!” sort of thing rather than explaining what I am learning. I will probably show you what I am building, but also what my days may look like and what I am doing in NYC. We’ll see how it turns out. But that’s the plan right now. Now I have to go and figure out what to pack for three months.. Maybe I’ll update you on that in a few days!

Sara Lindström

The first thing Sara does when she is going to learn how to code and has installed a new IDE is to change the background theme. In Diablo III the most important things are pets, wings and using abilities that look cool. When she is not trying to learn how to code or farming pets, she likes to do handstands and go to rock concerts. After a M.Sc. degree in a little bit of everything but nothing in particular, she has done a little bit of everything but nothing in particular and finally realised that she wants to do something very particular, namely code.