Maren and the Purple Crayon: A Full-Stack Instructor's Story

Leadership & Career

Maren Woodruff

Harold and the Purple Crayon tells the story of a cherubic boy who decides to go on a walk. One evening, there is no moon, so Harold uses his crayon to draw one. He creates his own adventure, as he walks around the city. Eventually he realizes how exhausted he has become, and draws his house, his bedroom, and his bed, which he climbs into and falls asleep.

Students join immersive programs to learn HTML through JavaScript, Node through Rails. They come to ask questions, to lean on someone else’s knowledge, and to learn at a faster pace than they ever could on their own. As a previous student of a web development immersive, I have the dual perspective of having been on both sides of the fence. I know what its like to drop everything for this. To make a career change, and the anxiety that comes along with change.

Immersive programs are the new American Dream. You enroll in a program for three months, and at the end of it, you graduate and get a $60,000 job. It takes extreme dedication and an enormous amount of work. The ultimate goal is to shape students into Harold’s, so that they can create their own adventures.