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A Student Empowers his Future

Written by Peter Bolte on July 19, 2016 in Full Time Intensive, New York City, Students, Technology


In this episode of Life/Code we meet Sam Berman, recent graduate of the Web Development Intensive program, who has overcome the challenge of being a one-handed typist and successfully completed the rigorous program.

Sam had been looking for a full-time job while teaching and advocating for disabled and elderly people on the side. After spending two years without finding a job, he decided to make some changes in his life and felt that coding was going to be integral to opening up new doors. He researched several bootcamps and felt the one offered with the New York Code + Design Academy was the optimal one for him.

Early into the program, he knew he was going to be challenged harder than he ever had been.

“Part of the challenge is just doing the things that make you uncomfortable for the sake of having the experience because the next time you do them, they’ll be done easier.”

Being born with Cerebral Palsy which left him without fine motor skills in his right hand, Sam had to buckle down and spend extra hours to keep up with the necessary coding during the course. His dedication and passion for this new world in technology helped drive him to do things that he never thought possible and overcame his physical challenge.

“My experience so far has been a constant roller coaster. There are a lot of ups and downs and a full course of emotions that go along with it.”

Throughout the course Sam kept a blog titled Cerebral Posi that followed his experience during the program. He used the blog as a cathartic release to share the many ups and downs, yet overall growth he was going through over those three very intense months.

By completing the program, Sam has opened new doors for his future and plans to use his skills to help disabled people work with and learn to use computer technology.

If you are looking for a life challenge and interested in opening up career possibilities by learning the skills necessary to become a web developer, take a look at the many classes offered at The New York Code + Design Academy.