Get In Formation: Boot-camp Day 1

Whenever I think of girls, I think of Beyonce’s song “Who run the world?”. This is because, my mind has a habit of assigning things like songs, to situations such that, I am able to remember them based on what came to mind at that moment. Today marks the beginning of the all female cohort boot camp instead but instead of “Who run the World”, I have “Formation” replaying in my head.

“ Okay, okay, ladies, now let’s get in formation, cause I slay
 Okay, ladies, now let’s get in formation, cause I slay
 Prove to me you got some coordination, cause I slay
 Slay trick, or you get eliminated”

This makes a lot of sense because this is exactly what it is. It is all about getting information and using it to prove you “got some coordination” lest you eliminated. Having attended a previous boot-camp before, and not making it to the fellowship, I tend to feel that a lot is required from me. I need to do more. This is my second chance and though I may be happy that I made it to boot-camp, I have to admit that the whole process has been emotionally fatiguing especially with the fear of the unknown and nervousness that comes with trying out things for a second time.

To be honest, today was a lot to take in, right from the number of ladies who were present to handling the tasks. In all my years since high school, I have never seen so many of them gathered at one place with the same goal. Today differed greatly from the previous day-one of boot-camp because, at least this time I was not utterly hopeless, clueless and with little sense of direction. I was that bad, and it is kind of exciting and encouraging to see that I had learned something and it stuck so I could teach another person. Many thank to Mark Ng'ang'a.

My biggest challenge today was working with asymptotic analysis, coming up with a solution that can be considered have that. I even had to google the term because and remind myself that the word was not “asymptomatic”. Olive, my facilitator, really helped with understanding the concept and reasoning out the solutions. I caught one thing from what she said, “We, girls have been taught so often to be perfect that when we make a mistake, we are afraid of sharing with another. You can only learn by making mistakes.” In a way, I reasoned differently from the way I normally would and it felt great. I think this is what makes boot-camp magical for me. You learn something, no matter how little every single time.

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