I was exposed to programming a couple of times in my life before I decided to dive in headfirst. The first was in high school at a summertime Code Clinic in C++ at UCLA. I remember the students who were helping to run it telling my parents that I would be good at it, but didn’t really learn anything exciting so that was that. The next time was in my CS5 class at Harvey Mudd College where my final project was to build a Connect Four Game in Java. I stayed up super late finishing this one, and I really enjoyed it, but didn’t really catch the bug.
The moment that I realized that I could really do it for a living was much later.