I started my education thinking I wanted to go into medical school. I started my undergrad as a Neuroscience major. After taking some psychology courses, I found it more interesting, so I decided to switch majors. When the time came to apply for medical school, I realized that it wasn't my calling. It was something I thought I wanted, but I found that it wasn't my passion.
I always liked working with computers and learning about new technology. So I knew my passion was in computer science. I found resources to teach myself the basics of programming and eventually found an "internship" position where I could learn while working for a company. Just a year later, I found a position at Melissa as a software engineering. I have now been at Melissa for 5 years and I am now a team lead for the same team I joined. My path and journey may not be the most traditional, but it lead me to where I wanted to be.