Helping Others Overcome Addictions | Graduate Spotlight

Apr 5, 2022
Jessica Grande

With a background in digital content management and journalism, Tatiana Johnson of Part-Time Web DevelopmentEvening Cohort 15 wanted to learn more about the tech field when a few of her friends introduced her to their alma mater, Nashville Software School (NSS).

Why did you choose to attend NSS?

“I only heard great things. About seven of my friends graduated from NSS. I asked them plenty of questions, went to an open house and asked plenty more. It felt hands-on and that you can still connect with others even after you finish. Great support system.” 

What was your favorite part of your NSS experience?

“Definitely I would say it being virtual. I felt like I could ask questions whenever and the teachers were amazing, my classmates though, the best. We have a group chat now. We're stuck with each other and again just feeling supported by a community of people who are passionate and want to do more in tech!”

What was your favorite capstone project and what about it made it your favorite?

“My favorite part of creating my capstone project app, Sobrli, was seeing it done. One of the reasons I wanted to get into tech was to create an app that helped people with their addictions & stay sober. My Mama was a substance abuse counselor and I always admired how she first overcame her addictions and was able to stay clean but also help others and really had a community of support. During the pandemic I noticed we're all home, some alone and some still battling those addictions. I wanted to create something that helped people still get motivation, hence the motivational quotes, and keep up with their feelings and receive support from others. I was able to create that with Sobrli. So yes, the best part of creating it was seeing it through and knowing I can always add to it.”

What roadblocks did you encounter along the way?

“Besides getting used to learning again, I would say having patience with myself and understanding that it takes time, but I wasn't used to not knowing stuff. It was frustrating but it was fun, but I had my days, nights and weeks, where I wanted to give up. But I would take a break and feel better.”

What advice would you give to current or incoming NSS Web Development students? 

“Just know, you'll never stop learning, you know more than you think you do, and be sure to connect with others, I've noticed other programmers/engineers really enjoying sharing what they've learned. I'm definitely one of them!”


Now a graduate of NSS, Tatiana is working as a Junior Web Developer with DirectTV! Congratulations, Tatiana! We can’t wait to see where else you go with your new web development skills! 

Check out Tatiana's podcast to learn more about her capstone projects and to hear about her NSS experience! 


Meet more of the graduates from Web Development Cohort E15 by visiting their class website

Topics: Student Stories, Web Development