TIY Week 2: Cards

After submitting my weekend assignment, week 2 has officially come to an end. Currently I feel a bit satisfied after seeing all that I’ve learned to do this week. Some of the challenges we had this week were: we learned how to write tests for our code and took a stab at test driven development, we learned about modules, and finally we were tasked with turning card games into code. Along with code related tasks, I also had to deal with a fever in the beginning of the week that really made it hard to focus. I’ve been sick in school before but in this environment where you have so much information being thrown at you at lightspeed it can get pretty overwhelming. Unfortunately, I wasn’t the only one who got sick this past week and I hope that no one else falls under the weather this next week.

I’m not sure if it was because I was sick or if I was just struggling with the concepts this week, but I really struggled this week. For some reason, things just did not make as much sense to me as they did in the first week. One positive takeaway is that I got a grasp at how I work best with coding. I do a lot better working from the ground up, thinking about the end picture and adding little pieces along the way as I work my way towards that end goal. When tasked with creating tests and then essentially working backwards, it was definitely a valuable learning experience for me as well as challenging.

Somehow everything seemed to click in my head when I started working on our weekend lab, creating a command line version of Blackjack. Maybe it was because I wasn’t sick anymore or it could've been because I got a fresh haircut. who knows but I’m happy to be able to feel a sense of progress. Another interesting thing I learned this week was my personality type. ENFJ-A, the Diplomat and my strategy is People Mastery. After reading more about it and also going through our ‘huddle’ activity on Friday, I could see how it fit me (although I do disagree with some of it). Here’s a brief synopsis of what my personality type: Protagonists are genuine, caring people who talk the talk and walk the walk, and nothing makes them happier than leading the charge, uniting and motivating their team with infectious enthusiasm. Not bad for this program right? I don’t think that I’m the smartest person in this class because I’m surrounded by pretty brilliant minds, but I’m happy if I’m able to help out my peers in anyway. At this point, I’m still looking forward to the weeks still to come and can’t wait to see how far I’ll come from today.