Mariel is studying to become a full stack web developer so she can create and support projects that help others reach their goals, have more joy, and do more good.
Through her work on national defense policy, Mariel developed a strong interest in software development and cyber security. She quickly went from interested to teaching herself how to code, renewing an interest in engineering. The more she learned, the more she realized software development combines all of her favorite things, including opportunity to help others.
“It’s not a bug, it’s a feature”
— every developer and engineer ever.
Mariel began formal study in November of 2018 with “what is a string?” and by early April 2019 finished her very first MVC app using Sinatra. When she has time, in addition to her schoolwork Mariel works on courses in cyber security, game development, design, and non-tech areas such as communication, business development, and sales. She strongly believes in pursuing curiosity, the importance of lifelong learning, and the value of being well-rounded.
Outside of school and work, Mariel stays involved in her community via the Junior League of Washington and singing in church on Sundays. She enjoys buying books she might never get around to reading, actually reading, and spending time with her family, which includes her dog, Waffles. She makes art when she can (the only thing as good as buying books is buying art supplies) and recently finished her first half marathon.
Talk to me
I have found in everything I’ve done, community makes life better. Feel free to reach out to me to talk about learning to code, ask me about law school, or vent about why a single errant bracket or period and blow an entire day. Definitely contact me if you want to talk about dogs.