STUDENT PROFILE: AKINFEMI

AKINFEMI AKIN-ALUKO

AGE: 26
HOMETOWN: Ibadan, Nigeria
INTERESTS: Programming mostly and entrepreneurship

What did you do before 42?

I was a student but in another major in industrial engineering. I decided to make the change because it wasn’t fun enough. There wasn’t much creation so to speak, and I have always had an interest for programming. So I decided to give it a go.

Why did you choose to join 42?

Well they offered to train me to be a software engineer for free and I don’t think I could pass up on that. The curriculum is great; the atmosphere is awesome. I have always tried to learn programming on my own but it wasn’t easy. But here you have people around you doing the same thing which makes it a lot faster.

Did you know how to code before coming here?

A little bit. A little bit of Java but I had never coded in C.

Did you like the “piscine”?

The first day was the most stressful. I definitely liked the piscine. It pushed you to do things you wouldn’t imagine you could do, like working 12-14 hours a day. I really enjoyed it, and it was a lot of fun too.

What do you like about 42 academics?

First your learning is your own responsibility. The way the curriculum is, the fact that you have to learn on your own makes the knowledge persistent – we are not solving one particular case. The struggle in finding the answer makes it stick. So I really like what we do.

What are the best parts of learning at 42?

I think the fact that you can learn anything and you have people around to do it with which also eases the process.

Who are your sources of support at 42?

All guys from the piscine. I think the people and the staff are usually helpful.

Describe 42 community.

Sometimes you feel like a group of people coming to and working towards something great, coming together and solving a problem or coming together and training to be people that can solve future problems. Being part of that is really cool.

What is your dream job or your long-term career goals?

To be an entrepreneur. Like I said I want to become a software engineer because I want to be able to create stuff and solve problems, so being able to provide solutions to problems has always been a long-term goal of mine and I think entrepreneurship is a way to go and do that.

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