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, CA and have been passionate about math and science from a very young age, thanks to my intelligent, loving, and supportive parents. I excelled in STEM classes throughout grade school and eventually moved to Irvine, CA to pursue a BS in Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine. At UCI, I worked hard to hone my laboratory skills and explore my interests. I made many friends along the way, some of which were pursuing degrees in Computer Science. After listening to my friends talk with excitement about their experiences learning programming, I decided to take a Python course to see for myself. The course taught us about simple functions and writing algorithms, and ended with a brief introduction into some of the libraries Python had to offer that added additional functionality to the language, like graphics and advanced mathematics. By the end of the course, I had thoroughly enjoyed learning about Python and the problem solving opportunities being a programmer presented.
I went on to graduate with my BS in Chemistry and a 3.294 GPA, which eventually led me to a contracted Chemical Technician position at HP, back in San Diego. After about 9 months at HP, I knew I had an important decision to make. In order to continue my career in the field of Chemistry, I would have to return to school to earn a graduate degree and qualify for the higher level positions. On the other hand, I could pursue the passion for programming that I had discovered at UCI. I knew both would have their costs and risks, but I could not miss this opportunity to pursue my passion. I began researching accelerated programs for beginner programmers and discovered LearningFuze in Irvine. I attended an info session and was in awe of the dedication and kindness the staff showed both their students and alumni. I was confident that LearningFuze would be able to offer me the tutelage and support I needed to make the transition between careers.
During my 12 weeks at LearningFuze, I spent about 700 hours learning web development alongside 18 other bright and eager minds with the help of professionals with decades of experience. I was excited to learn full stack skills, from UI and UX design to databases and data structures, and how these concepts helped people create the websites we use every day. I got to work on both solo and group projects that familiarized myself with some of the most popular languages, libraries, frameworks, and tools. My time at LearningFuze allowed me to grow, meet new friends, and confirm what I had always known: I was destined to be a programmer. Now, I based in Tustin, CA working at LearningFuze as a teaching assistant, helping others follow the same path I did, as well as at Shyft Creative, a Los Angeles based development firm. At Shyft, I help maintain and create websites and digital storefronts for companies using tools like WordPress, Shopify, and Gatsby that see thousands of daily visitors.
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: