Climbing High: A Day as a Byte Back Student


Guest blogger and student Adebayo describes his day’s journey, which starts with challenges and ends with motivation.

By Adebayo Olusada, Microsoft Office Specialist in Excel Student & Intern

BBITA Stairs“One of the best opportunities to restart or polish your career in IT is right here in DC, and we as students embrace this great chance.” These are some of the words that come to mind at the start of my day at Byte Back.

Upon arriving in the building of Byte Back the image on the left is one of the challenges we face as students on a daily basis. Though intimidating at first and exhausting by the eighth step, there is a sense of accomplishment once you reach the top.

As an Excel student, my challenge of remembering formulas and functions is renewed every day. Luckily, Professor Andrew is here to support us with sound teaching and also manages to keep things light with occasional classroom humor as he is an up-and-coming world-renowned actor.

The information is a lot, especially when I think of it as being in test form. My first impression of Excel was that it was very complex and difficult to understand, but that thought only existed because of the lack of knowledge I had at the time.

Byte Back has a great Excel program that equips students with the knowledge to succeed. They also keep students ready and prepared for job opportunities that may come at any moment in time. Career readiness is important and it’s something Byte Back has provided with great coaching and tips to be the best candidate you can be for the job.

Motivation: I believe I speak for the students here at Byte Back when I say conquering the stairs outside every morning is motivation enough to get out of bed and come to class, but there are many other reasons why I personally look forward to the next Byte Back day.

  • Greetings from the greatest program associate: I’m greeted by Iyana “Izzy” Turner, who always manages to keep everyone up to speed on updates and class related details. If you ask me, she’s the real MVP.
  • Another motivation is the helpful coaching we  get from Bock Szymkowicz on any job applications or face-to-face interview we have.
  • Interacting with students from other classes is something that also motivates me  because hearing their unique perspective on material that’s covered in Internet & Computing Core Certification (IC3) or the A+ program gets me excited about the new challenges that await me after Excel.

At the end of the day, when I grab my bags, step onto Byte Back’s porch, and look back at the building, I know I’m leaving better equipped each day for my future career in IT. I feel a sense of accomplishment after class, and this time the stairs are a lot easier on the way down.


Adebayo has excelled as a Byte Back MOS Excel intern. After earning his certification, he hopes to move on to Byte Back’s advanced CompTIA A+ Certification Program and begin his career in IT.


If you’re a student and would like to write a guest blog for Byte Back, please contact Yvette at yscorse@byteback.org with your name, class, and subject you’d like to write about.


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