Mentor Community Spotlight: Lenny Pattikawa

My dream is to make a career on the web by creating something beautiful. Coursera courses gives me a (second) chance to build a new career.

This week our spotlight is on Lenny Pattikawa. Lenny is a Mentor for Front-End Web UI Frameworks and Tools.

Share something about yourself 

Hi, I am Lenny, an aspiring full stack web developer. Born and raised in Indonesia, I left for Rotterdam to study economics. After more than two decades now, the city has become my home-base, where I live with my partner and rent out an extra space at our house to make ends meet. Almost a year now since I have chosen the web developer path and started learning and mentoring through Coursera, which has been a great experience. If not playing with code, I surf the waves, read newspapers, and drink good coffee. My dream is to make a career on the web by creating something beautiful :-).

What was your first Coursera course, how did you find out about it and why did you decide to take it?

I have always been interested in programming and fascinated with the world of the internet. Coursera is a platform where you can learn almost everything for free. HTML, CSS, and JavaScript from Hong Kong University of Technology was for me the logical choice.

This university offer great, structured courses in web development.

What’s your favorite Coursera course and why?

My favorite Coursera course is Multiplatform Mobile App Development with Web Technologies, because it’s fun and relevant (everybody uses a smartphone, right?).

What impact have Coursera courses had on your life?

Coursera courses give me a (second) chance to build a new career.

Which course(s) do you Mentor? What do you like most about the course(s)?

I Mentor for Front-End Web UI Frameworks and Tools. I like this course cause it is a logical next step from the basic web developer course (HTML, CSS and JavaScript). And of course, because I love web developing. :-).

What do you enjoy most about Mentoring?

I enjoy helping other students on issues with which I have experience and knowledge.

What would be your number one tip to give to a new Mentor just starting out?

To new Mentors I say, “just do it!”