_MG_5461.jpg

MIRIAM ALVAREZ

Software Engineer at SegundaMano

It was a shock coming back to Mexico because you feel lied to. People would tell me that I'm not American, or not even Mexican American. So I thought, “Really, what am I?" I lived my entire life in the U.S., and Mexico felt like a totally foreign country. It was really scary at first. I couldn't read, I couldn't write Spanish. I could barely speak it. In school I would keep quiet so people wouldn’t make fun of my accent. I tried enrolling at a university but they wouldn’t accept my American documentation. That was literally all I had.

But now, eight years after I returned to Mexico, I’ve finally found a place where speaking English is an asset, and the only language I really needs to know is HTML. Coding seems like a puzzle to me: it's like filling in the pieces. I don't like being told something's wrong — I like figuring it out for myself. And the people here become like family. Living in the U.S., you're living in a bubble. Once you’re out of it, you can see all the flaws that need to be changed in order to make it as great as people think it is.



4.5k MXN

Salary Pre-Hola Code

32K MXN

FULLSTACK SOFTWARE ENGINEER MONTHLY SALARY AT segundamano