The Learning Process
To prepare for The Iron Yard, I have watched several videos about cultivating a mindset conducive to learning. I have learned some of these tips before, but did not necessarily practice them all. I have dealt with looming deadlines, sometimes procrastinating more than I care to admit. I have learned from past experiences just how risky procrastination is. Going forward, I expect to have a very heavy workload for weeks. While it may be enticing to take a break from homework and relax, that might not be an option. In school, I was not very hard working. But now, I want to change that. TIY will not be an automatic ticket into the programming industry. It is merely a means of helping cram knowledge into students’ heads in a short time, knowledge that will be very useful in their careers. Therefore, in order to get the most out of TIY and benefit from its resources, I must not simply survive, but thrive in a learning environment. Such a fast paced course is out of my comfort zone, but through previous experiences, I have learned we are meant to step outside it. Having navigated in foreign countries without enough knowledge of the local language, I have experienced the feeling of being thousands of miles away from my comfort zone. In times like that, the important thing was to push personal boundaries. Think of frightening experiences as an adventure. Once while staying in Seoul to visit a friend, I had some time on my own. I wanted to climb a mountain, and only knew very basic Korean. After starting on a trail further from the main one, I was confused and a little lost. It was getting dark by the time I called it a day and turned back. Did I call it a failure? Considering I went back, found the main entrance, and hiked for a few hours to get a spectacular view, all while having to speak a language I hardly knew, I would say it wasn’t a failure, but an adventure. In the same way, The Iron Yard, as difficult and daunting as it might seem, will be an adventure.