How Coding Helped Me in School

Updated: Mar 31


May 26th, 2021



David Peachment









 



Computer programming is a pretty crazy thing when you think about it! At the base level, a huge string of 1s and 0s all collect together to form how a computer operates. That string tells the computer what to do when you click your mouse on an icon. Now thankfully, as technology progressed, a much more straightforward way of programming was created. It took those 1s and 0s and put them into a programming language which is a heck of a lot easier to understand and manipulate! Over the years, the languages got easier to use and provided for more robust options. Today, there are languages designed for everything from building websites to teaching kids.


And that’s where I come in.

When I was younger, I often spent chunks of my time (probably too much time) playing video games. After playing for years, I decided I wanted to try my hand at creating my own. I learned several crucial lessons along the way that helped guide me in other areas of school and even my life in general.

The satisfaction of creating something

One of the first lessons I learned through coding is the satisfaction that can be gained from creating something out of nothing. I’ll never forget the excitement I harboured when I tested my own program and realized I had created something. I made sure to show all of my family and friends that I created a computer program! It gave me a lot of intrinsic value and self-esteem that helped carry me into new interests and trying scary things. From that initial experience, I was able to give a shot at things outside of my comfort zone and pursue new things to learn and do.

Doing my best

Another lesson I learned is the art of putting my all into something and doing my absolute best. In coding, one can’t simply put a superficial amount of effort into designing a program. If they do, the program might not work as expected or might not run at all!


Because there is a lot of specific inputs and coding phrases to write, if you do something as basic as putting a lowercase letter instead of an uppercase, it can completely throw the program out of whack! Being present, checking your work, and maintaining focus are all essential to finishing a completed product. It won’t work if you don’t see it to the end. Coding taught me some valuable skills about doing my best that translated into my future learning and career.