Bloomington, Ind. native Enrique Galindo was following his family’s legacy of pursuing higher education as he studied full-time to become an Electrical Engineer at a traditional college.
“Both of my parents are professors of Math Education,” Enrique said. “So, there was always a pressure I felt to follow in their footsteps and go through traditional education.”
While pursuing his degree, Enrique got involved with the local Indiana tech community through meetups and events — one of which led him to Kenzie Academy.
“It seemed so exciting, and I wanted to become a part of it.”
Enrique became a Software Engineering learner at Kenzie and thrived in the non-traditional learning environment.
“It was so neat how I no longer had to sit through hours of someone talking at me just for me not to absorb anything they said,” Enrique said. “While there is still a portion of lecturing during the class day at Kenzie, it’s much less than one would find in traditional school. The majority of it is very hands-on. It’s much better for me to just dive in and try something to truly understand it.”
Now, Enrique is gearing up to take on his first role in the industry as a Data Engineer for Indianapolis-based company Springbuk. He’s bringing with him the technical and critical thinking skills he learned at Kenzie.
“It takes more than just going through the motions to make it as a Software Engineer,” Enrique shared. “It takes that extra step and extra time to get the attention of the people in the community. It takes going out and meeting the people who have made it, hearing their stories, and trying to replicate their success. It takes doing projects beyond what’s in the curriculum just because there’s always more to learn.”
*This alum graduated from a previous, non-credit bearing, version of the software engineering program.