My Journey Into Data Science
This post is by Mary Jonah, one of the active members of our Data Science Community.
Before the 8th of August 2015, I had heard of big data, data science and data analytics but I had no idea what it meant or how it could benefit me. On the said date, I attended an event organized by Soronko Solutions at the
Kawukudi School Park. It was Derry Dean Dadzie’s talk at the event that brought home all that I had previously read. After the event, I made a resolution to learn what it takes to join the industry. The prerequisites I saw included: linear algebra, calculus, bayesian theorem, okay STOP!!
I did a bit of Mathematics in the University; mean, median, z-scores etc. I dilly-dallied for about a year. During this time, I completed 3 out 5 courses of the Python for Everybody Specialization on Coursera, first 3 units of Carnegie Mellon’s Probability & Statistics (Open Learning Initiative) among others.
I made it my new year resolution in 2017 to complete Datacamp’s R Analyst track and create my blog. They opened a door of opportunities for me some of which include:
1. Selected to be a NASA Datanaut (Spring Class of 2018)
2. Bertelsmann Data Science Challenge Scholarship
3. 1-year scholarship for Skillshare’s Premium Membership
The Data Science Math Skills course helped me overcome my fear of Mathematics. I love data stories, so you will find me replicating graphics from #tidytuesday tweets so I can practice my data visualization and storytelling skills.
Looking forward to work on a transport-based project about Ghana or a country in Africa.