Week Two of Coding, and Going Strong

Week two is over, and I’m totally in love!

The wedding was a welcome break, and this week has had the “do or die” sort of feeling at school. Yes, it feels overwhelming to take on a new venture, but it also feels really exciting.

Train station art.
Train station art.

We ventured into JavaScript, which is a much harder concept to grasp than plain ole HTML and CSS. I love it because it is what makes websites interactive, which is my jam. I’ve built plenty of WordPress sites in my day without really understanding what I was doing. Seeing the ins and outs of how every component works together has been really beneficial, and only made me more excited about what I am doing and why I’m here. I did find myself dismayed to use our first algorithm in JavaScript though. We started studying these before even coming to class, and the first time we used them in application was in a JavaScript form, which is significantly more complicated than just a regular “for” loop.

The pace of this course is absolutely B-A-N-A-N-A-S. I’m used to being able to learn new things with relative ease, and though I knew that would not be the case with this, the evidence supporting that thought is presented on the daily. My personal drive says I have to learn everything I possibly can before moving on to the next subject, but the reality is that that’s impossible. Getting used to the “don’t worry, we’ll go over this again” ethos is difficult, but I have to trust that the plan in place will work as it should.

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Looking down on Wrigley Saturday night.

Catching up is what weekends are for, but this weekend was as crazy as the pace of this course, owing to one of the most momentous World Series in existence. My mother, both of my sisters, and all of my mother’s family are from South Bend, Indiana, which is about 100 miles from Chicago. My grandmother was a dye-in-the-wool Cubbies fan, and that’s how we were raised. On the other side of the coin, we grew up in Ohio, and my friend that I’m staying with is a MASSIVE Indians fan. Torn, and also obligated to watch every game of the series. We went down to Wrigley on Saturday night and got overwhelmed with people, but had an amazing time.

All in all, I think I’m going to love this. My cohort-mates are all fantastic people, which makes things a little easier. Learning to trust new people is always a challenge, but we’ve got some real talent, and some pretty easygoing personalities. Everyone comes from a different background, which is something I think will come in handy. I’m most definitely the least experienced person in our cohort when it comes to computer prowess, which leaves me feeling a little uneasy, but I’ll have to get used to it.

On that note, I’m signing off for the week. Hubs comes out on Friday, and the rest of the World Series will consume a night or two, so I’ve got some studying to do.

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