Hi fellow Devs. I'm nearing the completion of my Computer-Science degree and am feeling rather lost, worried, and lonely in the world of development. I started college at 29 to change my career path from food service and live music to becoming a web/application developer. When I was younger I decided to delay my college education until later in life. Some reasons included family finance, having a secure job and a successful band which was allowing me to live my youthful dream of touring in a band and bringing my creative output to people. I went and toured the world with my punk band and made great connections there and found a lot of fulfillment and still preform from time to time. However, the music scene operates too late at night with too much partying so I'm off boarding from it quite a lot. This is leaving a huge scary void in my life.
My decision to attend college for CS was not an arbitrary choice. I began writing web sites in 1999, made Quake2 maps and stayed active with graphic design work in my adventures as a musician. We made all our art and products ourselves, 100% DIY. I love creating things in the digital domain and have had some success in doing so. I've been actively working on translating all the skills I've gained throughout my life to software development, which has shown some positive results from what I can measure.
Throughout my education I have managed to transition into a part-time IT job and am getting occasional freelance work as a web developer/digital designer. It seems like I've learned a lot of really valuable software development skills and theories, and have become a far better developer and problem solver due to my education. However, something feels like it's missing.
After doing some thinking I figured out what it is that is missing. I'm in need of a mentor. I am eager to be part of a community. I want to get involved! I have more time as my classes are mainly electives. I'm finding it difficult to navigate it all. I'm a social person and love being part of communities.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.