I grew up wanting to be MacGyver. I had an insatiable curiousity about the world. I loved solving puzzles and making things, all in the service of helping others.

When it came time to choose a career, 'MacGyver' never popped up in my job searches. Instead, I focused on helping others, which at the time meant teaching writing. I worked hard and sought to constantly improve my understanding of how we learn.

Yet, the desire to build things never went away. When the idea of a 'coding bootcamp' came up, I jumped at the chance to become a full-stack web developer.

Now, I get to feel like MacGyver every day, taking the bits of knowledge and code and hacking them into something new.

shawn patrick doyle