Meeting David Malan
Leaving a footprint at the CS50's headquarters
I tried to contact people from CS50 in order to ask for advice to teach programming. One guy called Greg Mittleider replied to one of my emails, and we started a conversation. Greg provided lots of valuable information to complement the program I was teaching.
I had the opportunity to visit Boston with my best friend Sika at the beginning of February, and Greg gave us a tour at the headquarters of CS50. I still don't have the words to describe how happy I was that day.
I never expected to meet the well-known Harvard's professor David J. Malan, and when I saw him... I thought that I was in a dream about to wake up. Meeting David Malan was one of the greatest experiences that I have ever had in my life, and I feel very lucky that such a busy professor was available that day.
Even though the time we share was fleeting, I felt as every second was magical. David Malan gave us some souvenirs like a rubber ducky and the "I took CS50" t-shirt. David had to go back to work, and Greg took us to a room in which they have a map of the Earth with flags of every place in which people were learning how to code using CS50 or any variation of the course. I made sure to place a flag where Puyo is located.
Last but not least, David Malan told us that we could use Lego pieces to leave a memory on the Lego Wall that they have in their headquarters. At first, I had no idea what to draw, but suddenly, I decided to leave the phone code of Ecuador using colors of the Ecuadorian flag.
I want to sincerely thank David Malan, the CS50 team, and especially Greg for making this experience possible. Taking CS50 changed my life because it was the motivation to start a career in the software industry.