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Hey all. I'm just gonna stick a TL;DR warning here. I'm explaining my motives and where I'm coming from in the next paragraph, but if you don't have time for stories, feel free to skip it.

So, I've figured out that coding is something I really enjoy doing. And I've also figured out that my best shot at getting long-term employment somewhere I'll truly enjoy my job involves both getting a degree and building a portfolio. I tried going to college a few years ago for mechanical engineering, not really knowing what I wanted to do. I was immature and pursuing the wrong thing, so I quickly burnt out, losing my scholarships and good loans. Luckily, it happened quickly enough that I didn't get incredible amounts of debt piled on top of me. At this point, I've discovered through sites like Udacity that I really enjoy coding, and feel secure that a computer science degree is what I want to pursue. However, I need to build capital for the initial push through some community college to prove to the loan companies that I won't burn out again. I'm working at Wal-mart for now, but it's driving me a bit stir-crazy.

To put it simply, I'm looking to find out what area, possibly language, of coding I should be putting my effort into studying for now in order to get work, freelance or otherwise. I'm not looking for great pay, just enough so that I can sock some money away to get through a year or two of community college. I'd love to 'do what interests me most', but that's games, and it is a harsh world for a game developer. And when it comes down to it, I just enjoy coding and solving problems.

I'm hoping there's an area with enough demand, and low enough barrier of entry for someone with their programming basics down, that I could at least start approaching part-time minimum wage money within a few months. I'll take 14 hour days in front of an IDE over 9 hour days stocking bananas any day.

EDIT: I should probably mention that I haven't just been doing online lessons. I've created a number of things on my own, most of which are sorta partially-completed games in Unity. I've also done a few bits and bobs in Python.
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