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Conversations with the Inspiring Noelle Rogers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Noelle Rogers.

So, before we jump into specific questions about what you do, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
When I first started college, I was interested in graphic design as a major. After a few semesters, I wanted something more challenging for my skillset and switched to computer science. I was the only girl in almost every class and that really made me aware of the lack of females in the tech field. Realizing that computer science was a bit too challenging (hello calculus), but still wanting to stay in tech, I found the perfect happy medium in web design and development. It contained the artistic design side as well as the technical coding aspects. I graduated with my bachelor of science in Web Design & Development in 2018 and started working as a software developer. My job is all development and I really started missing the artistic side and decided to promote my skills through an Instagram business, @crazefordesign, on top of my full-time role. I create logos, invitations, posters, graphics, and much more. I am so grateful for a career I love and where I get to improve my skills and talents every day. I am now just starting a master’s program in Graphic Information Technology and am excited to see what more I can accomplish.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
In college, I changed majors three times, studied with a tutor at least twice a week, and worked extra hard because coding was not the easiest for my brain to digest. Don’t give up! I had a lot of determination to get my degree and got my goals in order to do it. If you are feeling like you aren’t enough for something, remember that it’s not a competition and the person you need to impress is yourself. If someone is better than you at what you do, that does not make you less. There will always be someone faster or smarter, but they are not you. Only you can claim that.

Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of. What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a creative. I am so bad at drawing my thoughts but give me a blank Illustrator or Photoshop canvas and I will be able to satisfy my ideas with one-hundred mouse clicks. I think something that sets me apart is I don’t aim for the perfect branded design, I try to make every project unique. My feed is not all the same shade and texture, each square is something new.

I am a front end software developer. I learn new technology every day and transform old systems into modern code. I love working with my teammates and plugging into a project. I use CSS, react, java, and javascript in my everyday workdays. Something that sets me apart from others is I am a woman! A lot of my coworkers are males and I love being able to make a difference in a statistic for women in the workplace.

I am a cosmetologist. I graduated from beauty school the same time I graduated high-school. Although I don’t work in a salon anymore, I still do the occasional hair at home and it is another platform for me to use my skills to be artistic.

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