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Bayzed Ullah

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Software Engineer at Palo Alto Networks | Fall '22 Alum

What were you doing before you enrolled in The Marcy Lab School?

I was in my senior year in high school, and I used to work part-time at Adidas. I also used to be a freelance graphic designer.

What most made you want to apply for Marcy’s Software Engineering Fellowship?

I got a sense of community before coming here, and I also love how it is focused on a very specific field and helps you get a job in that field.

What has been one of your favorite parts of the Fellowship?

I love the flipped classroom model, where we learn first on our own and then come to class. This is because software engineering is a field where you have to keep learning and keep staying updated with the newer technologies, so there is a lot of learning on your own. This Fellowship teaches us how to be self-sufficient.

What has been most challenging for you as a Fellow?

Most challenging part was to spend countless hours at Marcy and at home crafting my skills. This also made me quit my job, which was challenging financially.

How have you most grown while part of Marcy’s Fellowship?

I have learned to do uncomfortable things, to step out of my comfortable bubble, to learn new things, and try new things.

How has Marcy prepared you for work and career?

Marcy gives you a lot of opportunities to learn how to lead. For example, project management and being a scrum master during project week is one of them. Everyone is very supportive, so if you want, you can propose to lead coding challenges or do a workshop on something you know really well.

Marcy taught us how to learn anything we want on our own. We know how to use resources and allocate time in order to learn something within a time limit.

What are some of your goals and future dreams for yourself?

I want to get really good at coding and work at top leading companies for 5–7 years. After that, I would love to start my own tech company. While I am an employee, I would love to do side projects and contribute to open-source projects to make the coding community better.

What advice do you have for our incoming Fellows?

You might feel like you are not ready to do something, but all you have to do is trust the process and start. If you just take a leap of faith and start, you will figure everything out as you go forward.

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