After my third year as a Harvard computer science major, I decided to defer my degree to start working as a full-time software engineer at Threat Stack, Boston-based company providing cloud security and compliance. It was a hard decision, but definitely the right one. As a computer science major, it seemed like the majority of my time was spent studying theories instead of writing my own code or solving real problems. Even after summer internships at well-established companies like Microsoft and Qualcomm, I still didn’t feel like I had the hands-on experience I needed to go out and have an impact in the real world. So I decided to fast track to the real world to get it.