I just signed a contract to learn how to become a certified data nerd. During the short interview the institute did with me to check whether I’m a good candidate I told them I’m a nerd with the wrong education. That’s not entirely true. Communication Science, or rather Communication Philosophy, suits me to a large extend as well. Especially since I studied at Twente University which was highly technology oriented, even for the social sciences taught there. But amidst the (mainly male) nerds in Enschede I always felt a bit left out. I kept having this feeling that all the graduated engineers had skills they could thrive on along their career and I fell behind. As if they had a better foundation which I lacked. By signing the contract to start at Techionista Academy, a company focusing on training women in IT, I’m restructuring my own foundation for that unsupported nerd pillar in my heart.