Because I can. This statement sounds so simple, and wrapped in ego, but it’s unbelievably layered. It doesn’t speak to my confidence or some sort of inherent ability or inclination towards programming. This isn’t a mantra that I recite every morning to get my brain cells ready to take on the sheer volume and intensity of work that it will take to complete this program. But I will. Because I can. I have the opportunity, and I have the responsibility. As a black man, as a father, and as a human.