Education through my eyes, throughout living in multiple countries and going through a handful of schools.
- Ayio Georgios Vrysoulles – Acheritou (Elementary School – Cyprus).
Taught me to be independent and to appreciate what I have.
- Primary School Agia Napa – Antony Tsokou (Primary School – Cyprus).
Taught me to show compassion and to be there for others in need.
- AMA International School (Middle – High School – Bahrain).
Taught me to rely on my own self-knowledge and that making mistakes was unacceptable. It was also the beginning of my interest in programming from Robotics.
- Eira High School (Middle – High School – Finland).
Taught me that nothing is easy, especially when there’s a language barrier.
- Helsinki Adult High School (High School – Finland).
Showed me that curiosity is a great thing and that I could aim for greater things. The reminder of programming.
In the years I spent in these schools, I learned that each of them had brought something new to the table. Whether it was good or bad, it built me to be the person that I am today and that I am grateful for. The only thing I ever regretted, was not being able to keep contact with the friends I made after my second school and it became a habit I couldn’t grow out of.
By the age of 18, my main focus was learning how to study for school, because the time I spent in AMA didn’t give me the chance to learn to do it, so I was stuck for the longest time trying to find ways to study on my own and making mistakes was still a big deal for me so I never accepted the fact that I needed help when I couldn’t figure things out on my own. The thought of going towards a programming career from Robotics and Web development came from them.
In the school I’m currently in, I study in the evenings and have my whole day free. They were the ones that gave me the idea of trying to get back in programming, the enthusiasm took over when I remembered that I was in Finland, the place of endless possibilities.
So I looked into programming in Finland, I found a work space called ICT-Beginners (currently Digitalents Academy) around the time I turned 19. The interview was nerve wracking at that time, but I passed through it with my enthusiasm and it felt amazing when I got the chance to explore the part of me which was always filled with this enthusiastic energy when it came to programming and just working with computers in any way.
My time in Digitalents Academy
I began with no knowledge whatsoever, now I can build websites and design them in any way I like. Not so bad for someone who had no clue what HTML and CSS even meant before joining. I’d like to think, anyone can learn what I’ve learned so far, if they truly wanted to.
This place isn’t only meant for programming, it’s meant to bring people closer together and create a certain atmosphere that makes everyone feel at home or part of something new. I feel safe here, no one will treat you any different from a friend. I constantly think, is this really okay? Am I allowed to take a break and focus on being socially active with my co-workers?
Not only that, I was given the chance I had been waiting for since I began Middle School…the encouragement to make mistakes, that also freaked me out in the beginning, because most of the time I thought that making mistakes was just wrong. I’ve come to realise that isn’t entirely true, because making mistakes is a part of life, but there is a healthier way to approach the times that I’ve made mistakes, to accept the mistake and learn from it.
Instead of being upset with myself and saying I won’t make a mistake ever again, because that’s unhealthy and we aren’t meant to go through that sort of stress especially at a young and developing age. It was implemented in me when I was studying in middle school and I had to find my way out of this fixed mindset, it took me a long while but eventually it happened. When I was given the encouragement here, I finally let go and I am learning to approach the growth mindset. The moment you change from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset, you’ve realised that software updates happen in your brain too.
What I mean by growth mindset
Changing from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset explained
I’d like to thank the people who’ve given me the passion that I have for programming now and the people that took my word as a young adult and not a child. My parents as well because where would I be without them.