Born and raised in Colorado, Mike had a passion for biology and medicine. When he began attending Colorado State University, he chose to obtain a biology degree, and had tentative plans to apply to medical schools upon completion. During his sophomore year, he was offered a position working for a department at CSU developing web applications. Having never coded before then, he was offered on-the-job training to learn all the necessary languages, and quickly fell in love with the job. Having already completed more than half his biology degree requirements, he chose to finish with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, but to follow a programmer’s career path. He continued to develop for CSU even after completion of his degree and began working there full time. In early 2018, Mike moved to the Kalamazoo area with his girlfriend and was eventually offered a position as a developer for Technology Solutions of Michigan.