Hacking my Education

Today I begin on the journey to #hackmyeducation.  This is all new to me.  I never attended college and currently work as a full time, stay at home mom.  I heard about #uncollege from my husband and now mentor (@sorriv).  This recently began while I was thinking about my second career.  And technology peeked my interest.  Technology is the field of study I would major in were I graduating high school and about to attend college today.  Most importantly, it is the field of work I would like to spend my time improving.  It also happens to be afield where many women have chosen not to go.  
 
With my husband and mentor, we have designed a curriculum that combines a liberal arts foundation with a programming concentration. The intent of this blog is to share my experience (both successes and failures) with the world.  My goal is to show that combining a desire to succeed, the vast amount of open source educational material, a dedicated mentor, and global network of support, anything is possible. Because, we can learn anything.
Why code?  This is a career field with limitless possibilities.  And technology is baked into every aspect of my daily life so why not shape it with my vision?  All that being said, I haven’t taken a math class in over a decade and I have never taken a computer course.  If I wanted to learn something that was completely out of  my character.. that would be foreign to me and challenge my mind in every way, this is it. It is also a career path that more women need to step into.

I hope that by sharing my experience it will encourage other women (from young girls to other stay at home mothers), or #uncollege’d individuals to overcome their fears and reach a level of self satisfaction and accomplishment while achieving their goals.

I have begun this journey by reading a book recommended by my mentor (@sorriv) and refreshing my math skills.  The book is titled Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg. This link will take you to her inspiration Ted talk.  The math class is pre-algebra and I will be leveraging Khan Academy.

 
I will continue to update this blog and my Twitter account (@erinnorr) throughout this journey.  Feel free to follow along, offer any advice, encouragement, or help along the way.
 
Erin

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