If I think about where I was a year ago, I was probably in the library scrambling for finals and stressing out about what grade I’d get in my Data Structures class. Although it was a super stressful experience, there was still something so fun & challenging about it all. If you didn’t already know, in college I studied marketing with a minor in computer science. Let me tell you, that minor was no joke. It’s been close to a year that I’ve been out of practice from coding, and as difficult as it made my life during school, I keep having this urge to dive back into it. I’ve really gotten into e-commerce lately and understanding what makes customers tick digitally. I want to explore that passion through the back-end of things. I think refreshing my skills is the best way to start. With some research, I’ve discovered Udacity, an online school that teaches courses in programming, data science & more. In this Life Lately, I’m sharing what’s next for me in coding in the New Year.
Wait, you studied computer science? What is that?
We lovingly having something called the Suree Department here at Girl Meets Party. Three years ago when the blog started, Jen trusted me with re-doing the original website on Squarespace (brings back memories!). Ever since then, when anything technical pops up, it’s the Suree Department. In school, my computer science minor gave me a decently solid foundation with coding. I’ve coded in Python, Java, C, and a little bit of HTML and CSS. However, with just a minor, it’s hard to do anything super practical [although I did build a calculator in Python once – it only did addition ;)]. I got more practice with understanding algorithms rather than practicing the skill itself.
Is that what you’re doing full-time now?
No, my full-time job doesn’t involve any coding, but I do work in the digital space in merchandising. With Girl Meets Party and other digitally-focused jobs & internships I’ve had, I can say that digital is where I want my career to be. It’s fast-paced, challenging, and ambiguous. It’s definitely an area where you kind of just have to roll with punches, but that’s kind of how I’ve lived my life, and I don’t see myself stopping any time soon.
How did you know you wanted to learn coding?
I’ve always been obsessed with knowing every detail of how something works. My dad is a mechanic and my mom is a seamstress. I didn’t realize this at first, but I think my curiosity about coding comes from them. They’re very skilled at very technical things, and coding is something that is also very technical. At Girl Meets Party, I work a lot with the website – WordPress management, SEO Google Analytics & more. However, although I can use a little bit of CSS, I really want to be able to understand and learn how to build a website from scratch.
How are you going to balance all of this?
I’ll be working during the day and taking Udacity classes at night. I plan on giving myself at least one day a week for a break. Unfortunately, I realize I can’t really give my all in exploring this passion without giving myself proper time. For that, I’m taking a step back from Girl Meets Party events and my day to day tasks.
Wait are you leaving Girl Meets Party?!
Only kind of. I’ll still be in the background helping with the website, but I’m dropping all of my other responsibilities. At first, I wanted to be that girl who could do it all. A full-time job, a side-hustle, and learning a new skill that NEEDS consistent practice is honestly a lot. I realized that I can’t do it all, and that’s okay. After working on the business for almost 3 years, it was definitely a difficult and emotional decision to drop some of the things I’ve been working on. I’ve been like a partner to Jen, and we both shed a few tears over it all. She’s been unbelievably supportive, and I can’t thank her enough for giving me the time I need.
What’s your plan after your classes are done?
Do we ever know our plans? These classes will take me about 6 months part-time. I know I want to apply the knowledge to my current full-time role. As for Girl Meets Party, I don’t have an answer now, but I have a feeling I won’t be able to stay away ;). No matter what though, I will still follow along and be Girl Meets Party’s biggest fan!
If you made it this far, thank for reading and following along! Throughout the years, I’ve seen Girl Meets Party pivot in so many different directions, and it’s been exciting to watch everything come to life. It’s been a place where I’ve been able to creative, entrepreneurial, and strategic so early on in my life & career, and I couldn’t be more thankful to have been a part of the team. Thank you especially to Jen for being someone I can always count on for anything. You’ve really been one of the best things to happen in my life, and I can’t wait to see where Girl Meets Party goes!
An entrepreneur at heart, Suree loves creating things from start to finish and is a true go-getter when it comes to new projects and challenges. Working on Girl Meets party is one of her passions and creative outlets. She’s always learning something new, and loves connecting with others.