In spring 2015, Udacity released the Full Stack Web Developer Nanodegree program, and I knew it would help define the future Full Stack developer role at AT&T. It was tough. I struggled with it, but I loved it. I was learning real-world technology! While I was completing the section on Google API’s, one of my organization’s leaders asked me if I knew how to design a Google Map and how to translate our application outage notices into Spanish. This was perfect timing. I was able to help AT&T quickly implement those two features using knowledge I had gained through Udacity. It felt good to give back to AT&T what I learned from Udacity.
After completing my Full Stack Web Developer Nanodegree program in summer 2015, I finally had a chance to meet Sebastian Thrun in St. Louis. I enjoyed picking his brain about the future of education. It felt good to share the same passion that Sebastian has for education. He gave me some great advice that I’ve since shared with every developer I know.
Eighteen months after John Donovan asked our organization to use Udacity, my development team had earned 14 Udacity Nanodegree programs. I am so proud of them!