I'm Jorge and I'm from Mexico City, but I found out about Turing here in the United States. My main thing is art -- I’m an artist -- and I do a lot of painting and drawing. As an artist I started getting involved in a lot of graphic design. I am really good at Photoshop and Illustrator so I started incorporating that into jobs and whatnot. Then I wanted to take it deeper.

One of my old art mentors, Jeneve, went to Turing, which is how I found out about Turing. Jeneve went to the school before it had both front-end and back-end programs. It was all one program.

My art mentor told me to go to a Try Turing event. I was lost the whole time! But it was really fun. It was new.

I decided to do the front-end program, and I feel like it really fit my skillset. Sometimes my art background is distracting when I’m working on design pieces, but then again it saves me from the struggle of figuring out how to do all the stuff with tools in Illustrator and Photoshop. I'm not spending too much time learning all that.  If I were at the point where I was maybe a few years ago, I wouldn't be as fast as I am now.

I think the hardest part of Turing for me is the research. Why would I research stuff when I can just have someone else research it for me and tell me what they did? I struggled with knowing when that is and is not okay. My peers will present research to me, which is convenient, but then again maybe it’s not. We know researching also helps you learn. It changes things.

Another hurdle for me at Turing would be language. Sometimes I’m learning a new language, but I'm constantly translating it from English to Spanish in my head, and then translating it back to code. It's really hard. But that’s the process of being an international student. It’s a process just to get here. There’s all the applications you have to do. You have to get your paperwork. Then you have to go to counseling in the host country. It’s a struggle, but it's definitely worth it.

Joanne is in charge of the international student process at Turing, and she’s great. I know that she's looking out for me and for all of us. It’s awesome. She's amazing.

Juan is another international student in the program. He helps me a lot. You can definitely find someone to connect with, and then you start connecting with everyone because you spend so much time together. You always find similarities.

Something that surprises me the most about Turing is how long it takes to warm up your food in the microwave ;) That was a shocker! There are so many healthy students who bring their lunch. It’s great to see, but it’s inconvenient.

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