How did you get into programming?
I had quite a few friends who were programmers and they were all very interesting. That sparked my interest in transitioning into this field.
How did you find out about 42?
At the time when I was looking at coding schools, three-month boot camps were trending. I wasn’t sure I could become a good developer in three months, so I was looking for other options. I Googled free coding schools and 42 Silicon Valley came up.
What was your Piscine like?
I joined the January 2018 Piscine. The first week was really horrible – I didn’t know what a text editor was, so I had a lot of trouble getting started. But then as I met new people and started to understand what I had to do the piscine got so much better. Also maybe the second week started to get more fun because I realized that 42 has people from so many different backgrounds. Before I joined the piscine, because the program is free, I wasn’t sure what the people would be like. But there are so many smart and interesting people from all over the world.
What do you like best about 42?
The people. I like all the people with different backgrounds from all over the world. I don’t have to feel inferior because my background was not in programming. And even people who are really good at coding don’t discriminate against you and are willing to help you.
What’s your dream job?
My long term goal is to start a nonprofit that helps women, especially women in Japan.
From my own experiences, there are still issues in Japan when it comes to gender equality and access to reproductive healthcare. I had an internship at a Japanese company where the woman I worked for was the first board member of the company. That really inspired me especially when it comes to leadership. I want to make a positive difference.
What’s your biggest piece of advice for Cadets?
I know sometimes it is hard to make yourself stay motivated.. but try to set long/short term goals and please do work on projects. If you work hard at 42 you will absolutely be a great programmer.
Do you have any advice for 42 students when it comes to looking for a job and the interview process?
Have faith in yourself. If you are working hard at 42, you will end up landing a good job eventually. You just have to keep trying and believe in yourself. Also, do not wait until you are ready. You will never feel like you are ready anyway, so just go for it.
Any last parting words to wrap up your experience at 42?
Coming to 42 was one of the best decisions of my life.
For someone who was never a self-learner, it was not easy for me to join 42 without any coding experience and keep working on projects with those vague subjects. There were a lot of moments I wanted to give up and quit 42, but I believed in myself and kept going. Now I can say that 42 has made me someone who is capable of making herself keep working towards her goal and I really appreciate 42 for the opportunity that has given me and I wish all the cadets the best of luck!