I’ve been a bit apprehensive when it comes to writing this announcement. There are some great things on the horizon for me, but I still feel as though it may be a dream. I have been accepted into the Ada Developers Academy. There, I said it. Does that make it any more real to me?
In February, I submitted my application for cohort 8 of the program. It’s a selective program, but I was optimistic. The essays that I had written were read and reread until I was satisfied that they were perfect. Then I got invited for the code challenge of phase II and interview in phase III. My confidence was slowly growing. I found that my biggest obstacle in most things was my overwhelming doubt. By completing the challenges, teaching myself to learn, and utilizing my resources, I could accomplish almost anything. I told a few close friends at work that being accepted into the Ada Developers Academy was a possibility and kept my plans to myself for the most part.
Finally, I got the notification that I had been accepted. I bought the mandatory Apple Macbook and am learning to use it day by day. I’ve got to move to the other coast of the country in a month and I couldn’t be happier.
As uncomfortable as it is, we need to get out there and learn from people. There are several resources readily available to anyone who wants to use them. Where I live, there’s a free newspaper that lists the local groups that get together. Meetup.com is a fantastic way to go to a number of tech or coding meetups. When you go to one of these meetings, there are people that see things from a different perspective and may offer some insight into how to learn more efficiently. Generally, they are helpful, polite, and friendly.
Through Meetup.com, I have recently attended a front end developers crash course from The Iron Yard in Greenville. Although fast-paced, I found it easy to follow. It was an experience that I would not have had on my own.
Had it not been for the crash course, I would not have any experience with front end development. I’m grateful to the Iron Yard for holding these classes and contributing to my learning experience.
If you want to become a great learner, networker, and developer, get out there. It doesn’t have to be every day, but make an attempt to interact with the community. There are so many things you haven’t learned yet and people you haven’t met. Possibly, you could become a mentor or help someone with a problem that you already know how to solve.
The instructor demonstrates HTML and CSS code