How i managed to learn programming alongside school work.
There comes a time when college activities get really fascinating. With all the classes, research and social life, it is not surprising that often students get tensed and mix up their priorities — I was not an exception. Additionally, there are those either have part time jobs or are working and enroll in part time studies. I would always wonder how they managed to handle work responsibilities, school assignments, and their own responsibilities at home.
It was in this deep wonder that I came across a quote by Carl Sandburg, that says “Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you do not let other people spend it for you.”
By the way, since when did time become a coin and not a dollar? when we were young, were we not told that time is money? But yes, time is not just a coin but the most valuable coin in life. With that in mind, I had to come up with a ‘budget’ for my coin, a way of investing it so that it brings returns in future.
As said in the previous post, I had just finished my school attachment and I was back for my final year. I made it a rule to never miss any class to avoid the burden of copying notes from others — with the majority of the units being mathematical. However, in the evening after classes, i would grab my laptop and pick up from where I left the previous day and go up to past midnight on days that followed one with no morning class. On weekends, I’d go for freecodecamp meetings with friends and spend a whole Saturday afternoon helping each other out.
My breakthrough came when we were given a choice of either doing a Mathematical project or an IT project and ‘’’woooff’’’ , I got a relief. It was a chance to master the art at the same time doing my project. This meant that I would spend more time learning to program — while temporarily forgetting the school work- with a consolation that the project is also part of the curriculum.
I finally got familiar with art such that till now I’m always eager to learn each and every minute. There is always no time to do anything, hence one is supposed to create time for whatever they want to do, and as the say goes, “If you don’t write (code) when you don’t have time for it, you won’t write when you do have time for it.”