How Kristine changed her life with a coding scholarship

After graduating from high school, Kristine Glazuna spent her time looking after her two-year old sister while her mother worked. She wanted to study at university, but couldn’t afford the tuition, and didn’t have the right qualifications for a scholarship. At the same time, she also started suffering from poor health, and soon had to undergo brain surgery. “After that, I really thought no one would hire me. You can hold on to emotions like pain, shame and self-doubt and it puts a road block in the way of growth and success,” says Kristine.

Then Kristine started discovering how she could learn coding skills online, flexibly, from home. “I suddenly realised this could be the first step towards changing my life.” After completing different coding courses, Kristine successfully applied for her first Google and Udacity Nanodegree Scholarship. “Everything improved when I started the Nanodegree. I was doing what I enjoyed. I was getting help, and that helped me stay motivated and focused,” she says. Kristine enjoyed the experience so much, that she applied for and recently completed her second Nanodegree, which has helped her grow both personally and professionally.

“The Nanodegrees have positively impacted on my life. I’ve learned to be more open and communicative. I’ve made new friends. My confidence and skills have grown with each project,” she says. “Thanks to that knowledge, and the Google and Udacity Nanodegree Scholarship, I’ve now landed a new job at the leading software testing company in Latvia, working on cool global projects. I could not have imagined my first job would be so interesting."

The Nanodegrees have positively impacted on my life... my confidence and skills have grown and I’ve now landed a new job at a leading company.

Kirstine Glazuna, Junior Android Developer, TestDevLab

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