General Assembly

Project 1: Build a Personal Website via General Assembly!

I used to think I knew HTML/CSS so well from tweaking codes on Tumblr and MySpace (the good ol’ days). How wrong was I?! I was working through my Flatiron School Bootcamp Prep course and was introduced to a new section of JavaScript called the DOM, which requires you to know HTML. Wow I don’t know anything! is what I thought. I had to solve a few challenges but in order to solve those challenges, you need to have prior knowledge in the basics of HTML. I hadn’t remembered anything and I didn’t even know there was a difference between HTML and CSS. Silly silly silly Ursh. BUT there’s always something new to learn and that’s what’s so cool about programming; you’re always learning. So I learned that the DOM connects web pages to scripts and programming which adds interactivity. I still haven’t gotten through this section, but I made it a point to work through Codecademy’s HTML/CSS course and now I’m doing General Assembly’s DASH course so I can build Tumblr themes! So I now know what HTML is and what it does to a web page. Yay.

HTML (also called HyperText Markup Language) is the structure of the content that goes inside the tags. It’s the standard markup language for creating web pages and web applications. Browsers generally provide a default style but HTML is pretty useless and ugly without its partners, CSS and JavaScript.

To have a valid HTML document, you need to tell the browser that you’re using HTML5. You have to start the structure of your code off with

<!DOCTYPE html>

on the first line, before everything else. That tells the browser that you’re using the newest version (HTML5). Together, the doctype, head, and body make up the basic foundation and structure that every website starts with. Cool right?

CSS (also called Cascading Style Sheets) controls the style of the HTML content or an XML document. It lets you change colors, fonts, layouts, etc. It describes how elements should be rendered on screen, on paper, in speech, or other media. It’s like painting, but on a digital screen. If you’re a person who’s into making things look aesthetically pleasing, you’ll like CSS.

This is what I’ve created so far in General Assembly—it’s not perfect and it’s not pretty because I don’t know how to do all the cool things yet but it’s still something. Here’s the link and the code below.

<!DOCTYPE html>

body {
text-align: center;
background: white;
color: black;
background-size: cover;


img {
border-radius: 100%;
max-height: 500px;
max-width: 70%;

h2 {
font-size: 40px;
font-family: Verdana;

p {
font-size: 16px;
font-family: Verdana;

input[type="email"] {
padding: 10px;
border: 2px solid black;
font-size: 16px;
font-family: Verdana;

input[type="submit"] {
background: black;
color: white;
font-family: Verdana;
font-size: 16px;
padding: 10px

<img src="" data-wpmedia-src="">
Visual Arts & Programming
Baruch College, Corporate Communications & English Literature
<input type="email" placeholder="Let's chat!">
<input type="submit">

Programming Curriculum

Within the first few weeks of learning to code, I applied to an Immersive Bootcamp program to speed up my process. Little did I know that when you get to the technical interview, you have to have a basic knowledge of functions, data structures, loops, and arrays in order to complete the challenges and knowing how to execute your thought process. I applied anyway to see what my experience would be like and to my surprise I got into the Online Immersive Program. I was disappointed though and declined the offer but it also gave me motivation to keep going because I would definitely get good and get better enough for the in-person immersive program if I kept practicing. There are SO many free resources for us to use. The Internet is our education and if you look hard enough, you’ll find everything you need to. I started off learning JavaScript and Ruby.

This is the curriculum I’ve created for myself SO far to get good enough (and even better) to get into a Bootcamp Program:

  • HTML/CSS (Codecademy)
  • General Assembly (Dash Course)
  • Build a Tumblr Theme (or a few Tumblr themes) using HTML/CSS
  • JavaScript (Codecademy)
  • jQuery (Codecademy)
  • Flatiron School Bootcamp Prep JavaScript Course (again from the start!)
  • Ruby (Codecademy)
  • Flatiron School Ruby Fundamental’s Course

After I complete this, I’m going to create a second curriculum using resources like CodeSchool, edX, Udacity, Coursera, FreeCodeCamp, and TeamTreeHouse.

What’s your curriculum? What am I missing? What language are you learning?