Do you want to learn to code? Do you want to use bioinformatics in your research? If your answer isn't "Yes", I want to convince you why it should be. In this talk, I will tell you how, after applying to my PhD program, I taught myself Bioinformatics and began the process of transitioning from a bench scientist to a "damp" (Wet/Dry-lab) biologist. This transition has opened up immense opportunities for me and, now, I want to share my expertise so that others can do likewise.