A Tale Of Two Lessons!
My second day of boot-camp has been quite eventful more than I had hoped for. I have been challenged both tech-wise and in the non-technical area and as I write this thinking and looking back and re-evaluating actions taken and not taken and what I could have possibly done differently (and trying to not lose my mind while at it).
Tech-wise I have had to relearn (in a very uncomfortable way) git basics and the consequences of applying some basic commands you never take seriously. For instance, before today, I had never really known what the git fork command would actually do; I had never used it when doing my version control with git so it was just another command whose use I’d probably find out about later. My later came sooner than expected….but now; I know better, so I strive to do better ; which includes bookmarking the git cheat sheet and making it my new best friend.
One of the core values promoted at Andela is collaboration; teamwork which I feel most people embody. Since I started my programming journey, and purposed to grow in it, I have known and in some instances learned the hard way to seek and find help; from the internet, from peers; basically anyone who I thought would contribute in one way or another to shed light on an otherwise grey and unfathomable issue.
I find myself lucky to have amazing teammates who are not only quick to ask if anyone is stuck and where they can help but are willing to be vulnerable themselves and admit when and if they need help, not forgetting our facilitator who is more than willing to answer my numerous and what I think to be dumb questions.
Today’s experience has been a learning curve, one which looking back has made me re-evaluate and re-strategize. I am checking myself more, and how what I do is in alignment to those values. I have learnt to proceed with caution, when asking and giving help but to give it and ask for it all the same because we all need it. And most importantly, I have learned that distractions are sometimes crucial and may bring with them the most important lesson we have to learn.