Back To My FreeCodeCamp Education
Yesterday I realized I regret dropping out of FreeCodeCamp.
Karen Lamb says “In a year, you’ll wish you started today”. Funny that quote is the header image on my Twitter profile, yet today I look back at one year and six months ago and wish I never stopped. Yeah I started, but starting isn’t enough. You have to continue, and keep continuing, and keep on continuing some more.
Anyway I finally decided to become serious with Guido’s abstraction, and Its been going great. But deep down, I feel I’m not doing enough, and I need professional guidance at the very least. And so I reached out. A couple of days ago I was lounging on Medium when I came across this article : Use Django or end up building a django. It resonated with me so much that I knew I just had to talk to whoever this person was about my problems. Well, fortunately someone started sending messages with pigeons which ultimately led to the invention of email. Therefore I shot a mail across and waited. And I got a reply from Alireza Savand who wrote the post above, and has founded a bunch of startups and is most importantly, A Python guy!
It’s very easy to be mean or at best indifferent towards people you don’t know, and will most likely never come across, especially when they just shoot you an email out of the blue requesting for some part of your time. Time you don’t even have. But he replied so courteously and showed such deep interest and care that I was simply thrilled and became elated about my quest almost immediately.
However, more water cannot be added to an already full cup, therefore, I am approaching FreeCodeCamp like a beginner and doing everything I have been asked irrespective of how trivial it might look. I am to continue like this till I get the frontend certificate, then I get more instructions. I am hyped, I am happy. Most importantly I am very, very grateful to Alireza for taking out the time and patience to talk and listen to a complete stranger. Some of you might be reading this and be like “Its not a big deal!” Well to me it is and I just wanna say Thank you Alireza.
If you’re a beginner and considering programming, I’ll suggest you go the FreeCodeCamp route for now. Not just cos they have an amazing teaching method with relevant content, or because they have an awesome community, or even because Quincy, the founder is awesome, but because the program has structure. The self-taught journey is hard, not just because you’re learning alone but because you’re being blown around by the learning material ‘wind’ and end up not actually doing or completing any program. FreeCodeCamp tries to mitigate that, and they are succeeding!
Thank you for reading this far