I am a self-taught mathematician who, nine years ago, developed an improved technique for optimization in high-dimension spaces. Naively, I thought “I’ll find a programmer, and together, we can make computers that solve a difficult class of problems.” I have stumbled, repeatedly, with programmers’ irregularities and personal caveats (“yes, we’re almost done, but we MUST use MIT open-source license” was the most surprising), while my work on the mathematics-side has progressed.

I am ready to be a programmer. I meekly waded through C, javascript, R, and have some familiarity with Python. My work requires back- and front-end development; I seek to understand the foundations of code, as well as the gritty details of certain languages and platforms. Without these, I risk being bitten by the programmer-runaround indefinitely. My career depends on it.

Holberton sounds like the environment I have been seeking. Web tutorials are nothing like personal dialogue; I thirst for a setting where we sketch a programs’ flow, and convert that into working code through many trials and errors, as a community of learners. I also see the six month internship as an excellent window into other companies’ rhythms, as a contrast to my own style and set of expectations. Holberton’s goal, familiarity with problem-solving, rather than any particular language or portion of development, is exactly what I will need to develop and distribute my existing work.

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