As a teenager, Sage Klein learned to code by building celebrity fan websites on Geocities. One celebrity she made a website for actually visited her website and left a comment in the guest book to watch an upcoming episode and listen for the word chicken, a signal so she would know it was really him. (Listen to Sage’s podcast for more on this fun story!) When she was ready for a career change, Sage decided to turn her passion from her youth into her next career.
NSS Experience: Building Relationships
When it was time to choose where to learn the skills she’d need for her new career, Sage chose NSS based on her husband’s experience working with NSS graduates. She originally planned to go through NSS’s full stack web development program, but after learning that Cohort 35 would split halfway through the program into a full stack web development cohort and a front-end web designer/developer cohort, Sage made the switch from full stack to front-end design/development. She was excited to focus more on the design and user experience of web applications. Reflecting on the past six months, she values the relationships she built during bootcamp. “[My favorite part of bootcamp was] the connections and friendships I have made with my classmates and in the tech community.”
Trust the process! You will know more than you think, it's not as scary as it seems and NSS will always have your back!
As part of our Front-end Web Design/Development bootcamp, Sage’s second capstone focused on user experience and included user interviews, user testing, journey and empathy mapping, wireframing, and prototyping before beginning to build it. Inspired by her years as a kindergarten teacher, Sidekick is a behavior modification app for teachers and students. One of Sage’s pain points as a teacher was their behavior modification system that used cards to tell students publicly when they were misbehaving. Sage explained, “Sidekick intends to alter negative behavioral patterns through the use of positive reinforcement. A student would receive points [for positive behavior] from their teacher throughout the day, then have a Sidekick avatar that they can take to an online store and buy accessories [with their points]. They can show their sidekick off when they put on their new accessories.”
Check out all the recent grads on Web Development Cohort 35's class website and hear the graduates share their journey into development and their experience at NSS in their podcasts below.