My name is Ross, and I’m a graduate of Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I solely worked in the Emergency Room for the last 6 years, 3 years as a clerk, and 3 years as a Registered Nurse. In my spare time, I self-taught computer science concepts and personal projects.
I participated in the Open Source track of the Major League Hacking (MLH) Fellowship twice. Through the program, I worked on the open source project Node.js with Jordan Harband from the Open Source Security Foundation.
My Average Day as an MLH Fellow
During the MLH Fellowship, I had 3 weekly stand ups and 1 weekly retrospective. In the beginning, a majority of my day involved reading over my project’s source code and reviewing their issues to try and understand the project better.
I was confused but after several weeks with help from my mentor, I was able to start putting the pieces together! After I got more comfortable, I would either review code, run some test cases or reach out to my project lead or peers for support.
Impact on My Career Growth
For my project, I migrated testing logic from one repo to another repo to increase the test coverage by over 100%. Through the program, I learned the following:
- How to read a large code base and project.
- Understand the larger impact my code has on the world and the technologies it touches.
- If you don’t know something, ask early and fail fast. The faster you fail, the faster you can iterate your learning process!
I am now able to parse through a large code base, ask focused questions to the right people, and find my solution faster and more effectively. From a career growth perspective, the MLH Fellowship has helped me land a couple of interviews with tech companies but due to current working conditions, it has been a little difficult.
Currently, I am part of the Microsoft LEAP Software Engineering Apprenticeship program working in Security Engineering. The MLH Fellowship has definitely helped me crush the bootcamp. I have applied all the knowledge and reflection skills I have gained in MLH at Microsoft and I have been flourishing since!
Interested in the MLH Fellowship?
The environment at MLH was very inviting and inspiring. From the beginning, I felt like I was meant to belong, and any doubt about myself was addressed by the project managers.