Since I can remember, I’ve dreamed of being some sort of IT guru, or at least of being somehow connected to technology. So at first, because I absolutely love gaming, I wanted to be a video game tester (not developer o. Just one of those who test the games for user experience, fun, functionality and what not). Then I wanted to be a programmer, then a software engineer, then …you get my drift.
When I was in JS3, I told my father this. He said a professional course will work better in Nigeria and suggested I study medicine.
if I went down that path, I would have been a serial killer collecting hearts. So, I enrolled in science class and there, I discovered my love for mathematics. I adore simultaneous equations and differential calculus, I love the thrill I get when I turn to the back of the textbook and not only did I get the answer correct, but the workings too. You should have seen the huge smile on my face when I got A1s in maths but maths only mind you. I also liked physics; I remember giving a presentation on x-rays and making my kaleidoscope, periscope and wooden torchlight. *bliss*
Then came JAMB and picking a course for university. I knew medicine wasn’t for me but my daddy dearest wasn’t going to let this middle child study computer science. An ‘unprofessional’ course?! God forbid it. So I settled for accounting. In my misconception, I thought accounting was synonymous with mathematics. Could I have been more wrong? I hated it. Till date, I haven’t completed my professional certifications (although you can like to give me props for trying and spending a load of money I didn’t have).
Fast forward to present day, years of accidental discoveries, wanderlust and wrong decisions later. Now I’m reading lots of books and taking online classes from code academy and coursera to mention a few. By the end of this year, I won’t have anybody, not even daddy dearest, to blame for not being closer to my tech samurai dream.
So, I say fuck chasing your dreams; catch up already.