Sokhnadiarra is a current high school Sophomore and an alumna of an Upperline course. We caught up with her to learn about her her perspective on coding, and about her experience in an Upperline course. She loves using technology everyday, as well as learning about what goes on behind every app and website. But the challenge she faced was that she just didn’t know where to start.
At Upperline, she says, she became very good at HTML and CSS and was ultimately able to make her own website. Now, Sokhnadiarra is trying to make another website in which she gives advice to other high schoolers. We asked this impressive young woman a few questions about what it feels like to take an Upperline class. Here’s what she had to say.
What was your interest in or experience with coding before you took an Upperline class?
Prior to Upperline, my only experience in coding involved right-clicking “Inspect” on a website and changing things — only for it to go back to normal when I refreshed the page. I wanted to make my own website and app, but I did not know how to start, and the countless coding apps that I downloaded were no help. Then I found Upperline Code.
What Upperline course did you take? Why that one?
What coding projects are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the end-of-class website that I made with two of my peers. It was a prototype of a blog where we spoke about popular topics such as the American Dream; it even had a music player!
Are you taking CS courses at school this year? If so, what are you currently working on?
I am currently not taking any coding classes in school; however, that does not stop me from working on new websites when I have free time. Coding is so much fun!
What makes an Upperline class special? Did taking one help you explore your passion for coding?
Upperline is special for numerous reasons, and taking a class was a pleasure that I hope to have again.
First off, the instructors that I had were fantastic in a way that they were patient, empathetic and fun. They turned mistakes into lessons. In fact, as students, we were happy when we made a mistake because it meant that we had learned something new. I loved how the instructors did not make us sit for hours straight and just look into our computer screens — every now and again, they had us get up to play a little game which was extremely fun.
The lessons were great because we learned something new every day whilst reviewing previous lessons. The class was so much fun that I would be at home until midnight just coding and working on my own website. It was so enjoyable and relaxing that my mom had to keep taking away the laptop from me.
What would you say to someone who is on the fence about signing up for a summer course with Upperline?
Take the class! It will be one of the best decisions you ever make.
I’ll be honest — I took it during spring break because I had nothing else to do, but looking back, even if I did have something to do, I still would have chosen Upperline.
In this class, you will learn how to code, how to embrace mistakes, and you will make new friends. Any frustration that you could feel will be worth when you look back and see the outcome of that course. No one knows how to make learning fun more than Upperline.
Thank you for your time, Sokhnadiarra. If you are considering signing up for an Upperline course, consider how alumni have been affected by Upperline, in our series of Alum Spotlights. To learn more about our courses, download our course catalog, or contact us with whatever questions you might have.