#StudentSpotlight: Liz Tracy

October 3, 2017

I've been living in the Middle East since September of 2013.  I moved here to teach, which I'm now beginning year 5, and to spend time with my daughter.  When I was living in the US, I worked a ton trying to make ends meet as a single parent.  My daughter was 3 at the time. I picked her up from daycare and she looked up at me and said, "ok, mommy, who is watching me tonight?" and it broke my heart.  I didn't become a parent to work all the time and stress myself out.  I became a parent to parent.  I had a friend who had been teaching here for 2 years at that point.  She stopped for a visit, convinced me to apply and 2 months later we moved.  It was the best decision I made for the two of us.  But now it's time for a change.

 

I've been looking for a challenge for the last couple of years, I'm bored at work and want something to get me excited.  Plus I have a deep desire to go back to the US.  My daughter and I miss the extreme seasons.  (Although I do love winter in the Middle East. Don't get me wrong, I like the idea of snow but I'm not a huge fan of cleaning off my car and driving in it.)  I also miss trees and especially fall.  

 

I'm not sure how I stumbled upon it. I think it was through Daily Worth or some other newsletter.  I had played around with freelance writing, but it just wasn't working for me. I was slightly bored with the articles I was doing.  I found this webinar hosted by SkillCrush; it looked like something I could do, plus it would give me a challenge.  I did the free 10-day bootcamp - pretty sure I finished it in less than 5 days - and I was hooked!

 

I'm currently working through SkillCrush's All-Access BluePrint.  So far I've taken classes in HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Responsive Web Design.  I just started the WordPress class, but am really looking forward to learning Ruby and Sinatra in the upcoming months.  Even when I get frustrated, I find resources all over the web and through the different communities where I'm able to find support.  It's an amazing community that has been built!

 

This has led to a discussion about moving back to the US, which my daughter is in full support of (let's be real though, she just wants a yard and a dog. That's the goal when she gets stateside!)  I love the idea of remote work in tech; it was one of the draws to the industry.  Plus, I've really enjoyed the work even when I'm frustrated. I'm feeling challenged and like that I'm doing something constructive.

 

- Liz Tracy

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