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.
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!
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.
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.]
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.