I can’t say there was a ‘lightbulb’ moment for me when the stars aligned and I knew I was destined to be developing for a start-up. I can tell you I was raised in Michigan by two wonderful, supportive parents and a brother who always left big shoes to fill (and still does to this day). For college I attended Michigan State University and received a degree in Computer Science & Engineering with a minor in German.
My major was mostly comprised of software development classes and I spent countless hours in labs applying CS theory to unpractical, slow moving, and out-of-date 'real-world examples'. Even though I was turned off to software development, I still really enjoyed web development and I found myself seeking out freelance website projects.
Tackling these large websites by myself is where I realized the freedom and flexibility of web development - something I really enjoyed. If something isn't well received, then you scrap it and iterate. In software development, it always seemed like once a project reached a certain threshold, there was no turning back or changing. I knew web development was what I wanted to do, so on my last day of college I packed my car with everything I owned, drove to my Calculus 4 final and then proceeded to drive 38 hours to Southern California.