I actually looked up the definition of boot camp. After the obvious military definition, and a second description involving youth prison, I got to the definition I was looking for:
“a short, intensive, and rigorous course of training”
Sounds about right. I’m about to embark on a 10-week trial-by-fire in UX Design. I am equal parts excited and nervous.
I’m excited because I’m going back to school. I’m excited because this is an opportunity for me to gain a completely new skill set that will be helpful no matter what path I travel. I’m excited because I feel like I’m about to join an amazing community. And I’m excited because the more I learn about UX, the more I think this might be the thing that lets me get paid for doing something I tend to do (and enjoy doing) otherwise.
I’m nervous because I’m going to be using a Mac, and I haven’t used a Mac in earnest since 7th grade computer class. I’m nervous because I don’t know if I’ll be good at this, and my overachiever tendencies run strong. And I’m nervous because I’ll be tackling a skill set that others have honed for years, and no matter how much I learn in this boot camp, I’ll know in the back of my mind that I’m still a complete newbie.
Though the more I think about that last one, the more I think “but that will be so exciting — to know that there is so much room to keep learning!” So maybe that one spans my UX emotional spectrum.
So those are my opening thoughts about this wild ride I’m about to take. February 8, 2016 y’all.