As insane as it sounds, I’m entering my two final weeks at General Assembly’s Software Engineering Immersive course. Needless to say, the entire experience has been one big blur… It only seems like yesterday that I was gearing up to attend this course, a bundle of nerves and excitement.
I’m thrilled and terrified to have the course ending. Looking back, I’ve accomplished so much, learned so much, and forged some great relationships along the way. I’m thrilled because I’m coming away from this course with a solid foundation of web development. I’m proud of all of the languages, frameworks, and technologies that are listed on my resume (though how I was able to cram all of it into my head in such a short period of time still baffles me!). …
Recently, my cohort at General Assembly’s Software Engineering Immersive course was tasked with creating our first full-stack application. I was ready — after all, we’d been fully prepared and practiced at this point in creating an app like this. Applying what we’d learned so far (Node, Mongoose, Express, EJS, full CRUD and RESTful routes — I know the jargon!) was going to be a smooth process. What wasn’t going to be as easy was: what is this app going to do?
It didn’t take too long to figure out what that idea would be. I have a theme running through my life that I try to ignore, but is unfortunately a constant companion: anxiety. It manifests itself in many ways (panic attacks, fears, etc.), …
It’s 3am. It’s the worst time to wake up — your brain starts spinning with endless worries about the past, present, and future.
Some context about this dead-of-night scenario: I’m 30, just quit my a very nice job doing Photoshop retouching at a great company, and am about to embark on an unknown journey of software engineering and web development at a General Assembly bootcamp. Not exactly the best time in my life to cause a complete upheaval.
I stare, wide-eyed, into the murky darkness of my room. My brain chides:
“You’ve made a mistake.”
“You should have stayed at your job.” …