Let’s check in with Jennilyn, current Greenville student

We’ve been following along with current Iron Yard student Jennilyn as she makes her way through the 12-week immersive class at our Greenville campus.
Today, we check in to see how she is doing and what she is learning. 

Week 3

Well, here goes nothing! “Real programming” has begun and I’m anxious yet excited (as usual). And I coded something! Based on tonight’s reading, I have a sense tomorrow will be much more in-depth. I sort-of understand the [this] concept but it’s not quite there. Best I can explain it’s JavaScript’s pronoun.

This afternoon I left The Iron Yard feeling a little down. We had a great day of class and I was gaining confidence with the application of arrays and loops — and then:

But I remembered that telling myself “yes, you can” will eventually drown out the discouragement.

Pushing through today was not unlike learning to drive a manual. I remembered that I can do it. Maybe not today, but I can. I stopped several times and took a break. I sought help when I needed it. Then I sat down and tried again. Coding is a skill, just like driving, and I will press on even when it’s bad because, as one of our signs at school says, persistence is fruitful.

I still feel stalled out right now, but I’ve been here before and know there is an “aha” somewhere down this road.


Today I built software. That is bad-ass. I’ve been at The Iron Yard just 3 weeks and I can now build software. What!

We manipulated the DOM with JavaScript during class today and things are making a lot more sense now that my code affects the webpage instead of only the console. Some of the problems I struggled with yesterday are a little bit clearer, too.

It’s hard to believe that tomorrow marks a quarter of the way through class. I’m feeling sad that it’s sailing by so quickly — but still so excited about the weeks and frustrations and triumphs to come.

Week 4

I’m super excited about this week as we are working on some more front-end fundamentals. JavaScript isn’t clicking with me easily but I will say it is a ton of fun. It is true that the more you code (even if it’s the wrong thing), the better you get. Coding stuff that doesn’t work it forces me to be more creative and curious. Besides, learning what doesn’t work is still learning!

You think I’m crazy but playing with code, even if it fails completely, is a lot of fun — and it teaches you something new every time. Sometimes it’s intangible — “you just learned how to think about this weird problem” — and sometimes it’s concrete — “this function will solve this problem.”

Days like this are both exhausting and rewarding, hence my mashed-potato brains. Looking forward to tomorrow as we’re exploring remote data. More abstract stuff to learn!

You’ve been to Ikea. It’s amazing — I secretly love it. Ok, not a secret. There are so many cool things and you leave just knowing you could live in 50 sq. ft. and it would be just dreamy. [P.S. Amazon sells Ikea now.]

JavaScript is like that. Lots of pretty things. Amazing functionality. Then you walk away with a car full of crap that you have to assemble piece by painful piece.

We will check in with Jennilyn throughout her code learning journey, but in the meantime, follow along with her daily posts and see cute pictures of her dog. 

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