Adrian Casas, Emerge Graduate
"EMERGE showed me that programming wasn't something to be feared, that it wasn't as overwhelming and confusing as I thought it was, especially when done right. It showed me the beautiful side of programming that I never knew existed at that time."
I was in 3rd year college when Job and Esther Technologies conducted their first EMERGE training in our school. The training was a month long weekend course about Game Development using their very own Programming language Eqela.
The training piqued my interest because one of the reasons why I took up Informataion Technology was because I wanted to develop my own game someday. I was so interested in it that I would observe outside the room where they held the training, hoping that I would learn a thing or two about game development. Long story short, one of my instructors caught me peeping outside and decided to ask the trainors if I could tag along; and that’s how my EMERGE journey began.
I officially joined the training on its second week. I sat in the corner of the room, surrounded by my seniors, scared that I might not be able to understand what the trainors are talking about with my limited knowledge.
Surprisingly, my first day went well. The trainors were very patient and very hands-on. I struggled at first but they kept me up to speed and explained everything I needed to know in a pace that I understood. They always kept the training alive by including ice breakers and fun games like GUESSTURES. The training didn't lack motivation since Ms. Shelly would always be there to get our morale up when we needed it most.
The EMERGE trainors don’t just teach how to code, they teach you essential things that school instructors wouldn’t even bother to discuss. Like I used to dread staring at my code while debugging because I don’t know any better back then; and here comes the EMERGE trainors, teaching us how to do it right and how to code beautifully -- I never dreaded my code again.
The training wasn't just an eye opener in the vast world of programming, it was also my one way ticket into developing the impossible, because developing a game was surely an impossible feat for me at that time, yet EMERGE made it possible.
Programming came to me as a specter. Haunting the halls of our school and the hearts of the students, a lot of us feared the idea of it and some refused to understand it. I couldn’t even bear to look at the code of my school projects -- it was too overwhelming. But EMERGE showed me that it wasn’t something to be feared, that it wasn’t as overwhelming and confusing as I thought it was, especially when done right. It showed me the beautiful side of programming that I never knew existed at that time.
It’s been years since I attended my first EMERGE training. I might have forgotten the lessons discussed by my school instructors, but not the lessons and values that I’ve learned from the EMERGE training. Those lessons and values are invaluable and I still carry them to this day.