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Jul 15, 2019

On this week's episode of the freeCodeCamp podcast, Abbey chats with front-end developer Joe Previte who lives and works in Arizona. Joe shares the story of how he made the tough decision to leave grad school, how he discovered coding, and how he stays motivated and continues to learn.

Joe had his life planned out: he'd get a PhD in linguistics, get a teaching job, and be part of the academic world. But as he worked his way through his Masters degree, he began to realize that the academic lifestyle didn't suit him as well as he'd thought. So he took a big chance, and left his program.

Once Joe started learning to code, he also started creating opportunities for himself. He got his first dev job, started creating content, and got more involved in his local tech community. Today, he co-runs a GraphQL meetup, creates courses for, writes articles and makes videos, and speaks at events and conferences regularly.

And in this episode, Joe shares with us exactly how he accomplished all these things not long after typing his first lines of code.

When he's not coding - which isn't very often - you'll find him reading, meditating, getting some exercise, or hanging out with his wife and friends.

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