A React.js based, full stack application for users who want advice on in season produce and recipes.
Hi, I'm Christian! I grew up in San Diego, trading Pokémon cards, playing video games and watching cartoons like most 90s kids. Two amazing parents instilled me with a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world that motivated me to pursue STEM classes throughout grade school and, eventually, move to Irvine aiming for a degree in Chemistry from UCI. While there, I worked hard honing lab skills and filling my brain with o-chem memorization. I eventually graduated and got a job as a lab tech working the analytical bench. Glad to be paying off my loans, the months went by as an unfortunate truth slowly dawned on me. Better and more advanced positions in labs would require a PhD, or at least a Master's. An advanced degree meant more loans, and more time before I started getting real job experience. I sought the help of some friends from school, who had pursued degrees in computer science and gotten jobs as software engineers.
We share a lot of the same interests, so they recommended I give some "Hello World" tutorials a try. I really enjoyed the experience of coding, and did some research about the path to a job without a four year degree. After convincing myself "boot camp" wasn't a concerning terminology, I joined the LearningFuze program in Irvine. I attended an info session and was in awe of the kindness, dedication and continued support the instructors provided for their students and alumni. There I learned the ropes of full-stack web development, from UI and UX design to databases and data structures. I got to work on both solo and group projects that familiarized me with some of the most popular languages, libraries, frameworks, and tools. Most importantly, through about 700 hours of rewarding work, I grew, met new friends, and confirmed what I had always known: I was destined to be a programmer.
With the help of the amazing LearningFuze support network (not an ad, they're just good) and a ton of luck, I landed a part time job and eventually a full time position. Throughout this whole process, I learned the lesson that it was important that I be doing what I enjoy. I picked up old hobbies, acquired new skills, and rediscovered my own personal strengths. I wouldn't be where I am without the continuous support of everyone I met along the way and forever grateful for the awesome journey my life has become. If you've made it this far, thanks for taking the time to read my story. Get in touch if you want to work together, or even just want to say hi! I promise I'm cool. If you're curious about LearningFuze or are looking for a good cause to share some love with, click the button below.
Thank you for taking the time to read the story of my journey from chemist to web developer, and for taking a look at my work. Feel free to contact me with any questions or opportunities you may have regarding me or my work. I will attempt to respond to all communication as quickly as possible. You can check out or download my resume (.pdf) using the button below: