Day #2: Reflections on the Andela Experience

So I’m in the Andela Bootcamp. It’s a surreal experience. I am quickly getting lost in looking at Trello boards and watching videos on best practices for software development. I’m staring at the screen coming up with wireframes for a UI. Have I ever done this before? Nope. Previous experience with this bit was doing a mockup by hand, using good ol’ fashioned pencil and paper. I still have a tendency to resort to writing stuff down by hand when it all gets too confusing. It has a remarkable way of slowing you down and forcing you to consider what you know and what you don’t know.

I’m on the back foot. Due to my inexperience with Trello, I ended up doing one task, mistakenly assuming the rest was for another day. Cue panic and staying up until 1 am trying to make things work. Still trying. I feel a little despondent at having to compensate for a day. It is very tempting to give into the despair. But I remind myself of the growth mindset: look at this as a challenge and use it to be better. And so I shall. Keep trying. Do what I can do and let what cannot be done as yet wait for another day. Is that the right way? The reckoning at week’s end shall be my judge.

Forever hopeful,

Leni