How one girl found success in coding through perseverance: Fleurianne Debe

We’ve all been there: the going gets tough, and we’re not sure if we can make it through. Fleurianne Debe takes that struggle and turns it into something amazing. Hailing from Decatur, Georgia, this rising high school senior is taking her first experience with coding in stride, pushing through to make a robot move through a maze or update her website! Fleurianne decided to get into coding with the State Farm Summer Immersion Program in Atlanta so that she’d be able to show her brother how to do something, instead of the other way around.

Read more about Fleurianne in the Q&A below!

Why join the Girls Who Code movement?

I felt like I needed to introduce myself to the world of technology, I was tired of being the user behind the scene and my brother always showing me how to do things. I wanted to be independent be able to show him how to code for once.

What do you like about being a Girl Who Codes?

I like the fact that I am able to meet other people who have the same goals as me and who also go through the same struggles. I also love showing my family members that I can do certain things on my computer that they don’t know how to do. My dad wanted to know how to create an website without using a website builder like Weebly, so I explained to him how I used HTML and CSS to create my personal website.

What’s your favorite part of being involved with the Summer Immersion Program?

My favorite part is when we get to figure out the challenges that are given to us at the end of instruction. For example: during robotics week I had a really hard time understanding the code and how to control the robot. One of the assignments was to get the robot to go through the maze by itself with sensor whiskers.

I’ve heard you’re really into the web development aspect of coding — what about that makes you excited to learn to code?

I love the fact that is web-development I can customize my website the way I want to. I am really big on changing the way things look. Anyone who has been friends with me a long time has told me that I am always changing something that is related to me, whether it be the way my bedroom looks, or what purse I choose for the day.

What’s the hardest part about learning to code?

I think the hardest part would be the trial and error. When your code can be derailed by just forgetting to put a semicolon at the end or forgetting to close a tag. It’s having the patience and persistence to actually try again until you get the results you want.

What keeps you going when your code isn’t working?

What keeps me going is that I know someone has got it to work before. So I think if they can get the code to work, then I can too. Also, my peers keep me going they keep me from getting distracted and keep me focused on the task at hand.

What advice would you give a girl to inspire her to code?

Be patient, open-minded, and persistent. There will be times where you feel like no solution can fix your problem, at that point you need to take a step back and take a break. The satisfaction you get when you complete a code and it actually works is the best thing feeling you could get when coding. Lastly, Google is your best friend; people might not be doing the exact same thing you are doing, but their code may be similar and you can use it to add to your code to get the best results you can.

What do you want to be able to do with code?

I want to be able to apply it to what I do in my daily activities. Girls Who Code has opened me up to a new world and I want to share that world with my friends and family.

What’s next? What do you want your future to look like?

I plan to double major in medicine and computer science. I want to be a medical examiner, which is in the field of forensic science. Having a computer science background provide as an advantage because forensic science involves a lot of technology.

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Originally published at on October 13, 2017.