How I got a CS degree with pen and paper (and why I’m doing it again)

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My Problem

I showed up at college in the fall of 2010 with two pairs of shoes, a pronounced case of post-homeschooled social awkwardness and one pesky problem: although I wanted to major in computer science, I had never learned to touch-type.

This wasn’t such a big deal when I was actually doing computer programming homework, since people who can code at typing speed are pretty rare. But typing notes in my lecture classes quickly proved to be impossible. I’d be surrounded by rows of people furiously clacking away on their laptops while the teacher flipped through PowerPoint slides like playing cards, and I’d fall way behind just hunting for my spacebar.

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