The story of my nickname "Smakosh"
I’m Ismail Ghallou also known as Smakosh, a nickname which was given to me since I was 8 years old by one of my childhood friends' father.
Many teachers told their colleagues, my parents and sometimes me personally, that I was a good student during primary school, that was achieved by playing a lot of offline video games that really taught me probel solving like how to figure out the way out in Prince of Persia, Assassin's Creed & the Tomb Raider trilogies etc...
I was a typical nerd since primary school, wearing socks and sandals, everyone used to laugh at me but I never noticed that or felt different from the others, I also never brought any food with me to eat during the break while almost everyone else did so, I did get bullied but I used to always win the fights.
At the last year of primary school I decided to move out to a public school rather than a private one, and during that time I got heavily addicted to Basketball, especially in the streets (AND1), I liked to instantly try out the tricks I learned from YouTube.
Here’s a picture of some medals I got by winning few tournaments I & my friends both on Football & Basketball.
During middle school, I started exploring more activities like drawing, graffiti, biking, skateboarding & watching Anime while I was still getting good marks even though my daily schedule was heavy with those activities, during high school I got addicted to Parkour & Free running and it was really a good experience “not to be able to do a backflip and then after a long period of training to actually do it without any excuses like not having gyms in your small city” it was something really amazing, I spent like 2 years practicing and have recorded some videos that you can watch and enjoy right here.
During the last year of high school I got a gaming PC that my dad bought for me since I've been bugging him since mid school, unfortunately it made me get addicted to gaming and as a result I graduated from high school with a bad mark.
At that time, even the "lowest" nearby university didn't accept me to get in, I actually enrolled in a private school to stay up to date with the lessons so that I can retry passing the final test hoping that I'll get a better mark.
Fortunately after just 3 days of attending that private school, I actually got accepted in some sort of school which is equivalent to university & at that moment everything has changed, I started educating myself at home, learning, practicing by doing side projects & working as a free lancer from November 2015 until early 2017 when I got a job as a front-end developer at Obytes, working remotely without a degree and with the knowledge I taught myself at home as it has nothing in common with what I had learned at school, luckily I was always digging more knowledge and skipping sleep while stuying like that 2 years after high school.
I still remember most of the teachers laughing at me when ever I publicly stated that you can get a job without a degree as a developer, turns out that I was right and I managed to influence two of my class mates who dropped out as well from university to work full time with a high paying job as software engineers.
To be continued...
you can view all my works on my website http://smakosh.com & more down bellow:
- Behance: https://www.behance.net/ismail16sm9991
- GitHub: https://github.com/smakosh
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smakosh19
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/smakosh
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ismailghallou (I'm not on Facebook anymore)
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/smakoshthegamer
- Dribbble: https://dribbble.com/smakosh
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ismail-ghallou-630149122
- Codepen: https://codepen.io/Smakosh
And if you want to support me on Patreon, That would be really helpful :D https://www.patreon.com/smakosh