Boot camp experience
When you are free and not doing anything or doing something you don’t love 8–4 p.m is quite long. You can even get time to sleep and sunbathe all afternoon!
This is not possible in boot camp, it just cannot happen! While in boot camp your day starts quite early, say 7 a.m, have your breakfast and take your laptop ready to begin your day’s tasks. Let’s assume you woke up on the right side of your bed, so everything idea you have when implemented is working. Basically, you’re in the “zone”. So every piece of code you write is working. You are smiling all the way at every “python run.py ”implementation.
As you code and get deeper in the zone, time is flying, and this you will not find out. When you lift your head to get a break, it’s already 1 p.m. You shrub this off cause you are having a good day with your program. You start writing your tests which all get to pass after a little tweaking. By the time you are half way through your project it’s already 2.30 p.m. You are supper hungry, haven’t had anything for lunch, haven’t got off your pajamas and worst of all the breakfast dishes are just beside you!
You resolve to clean up a little at least having in mind that the deadline to submit the work is 1 1/2 hours away. So you get done cleaning and before you know it’s 3.30 p.m. You’re halfway through your code and have a lot of items to submit. You get tensed and now you’re braining is working at it’s top speed. Trying to multitask where it’s possible all in an effort to meet the deadlines.
The rush gets you to push half the project hoping that whoever is going to review your work will understand that you felt short of time and you were trying your best to be punctual. Remember, this is an interview, you need to be at your best. Such factors make you tense and worried about your work. Your code flow is disrupted and have a hard time being at your best. Like a soldier you compose yourself and brave gear on. Trying to be at your very best.
Boot camp fever is real! And the only way to overcome it is to persist and believe in yourself. You are not competing with anyone but yourself!