Hack Reactor W1D1 is in the books!

I’m just winding down from my first day at Hack Reactor, and I’m equal parts excited from finally making it to this point, happy to have started working with and getting to know my classmates and tired from a long day of learning. Can’t wait to do it all again tomorrow.

A few thoughts I had today:

  • Many things about writing code remind me of writing prose, and that was really apparent to me during pair programming. It’s very interesting to me that I can have one way of writing code that would achieve a desired result, while my partner might take a whole different strategy in writing their code and achieve the same result. To me, it’s similar to the many ways that you can write a sentence to convey one specific thought. In addition to the fact that you’re learning from and teaching your partner during the pairing process, I think it’s so cool that you get to see that there’s often more than one way to go about writing code that works.
  • I think my background as a journalist will help me in some aspects of HR. We’re often told to ask questions and let people know if we need a bit more explanation to understand something that was said. During my journalism career, one of the key things I learned was to ask sources to explain topics to me in detail when I didn’t understand what they were talking about, even if I was afraid that I might sound silly asking for clarification. And when I couldn’t rely on that, I could always use my trusty Googling skills to help me find the answers for topics that I was writing about. Since I have years of practice in making sure I have ways to understand new concepts, I feel prepared to use that same skill set to help my comprehension in HR.
  • Doing the HR Remote program was definitely the right choice for me. Not only did I get to give my husband and my 2-year-old a few quick hugs and kisses during the day — definitely a mood-booster for me — but I also got to take a walk around my neighborhood at dinnertime and enjoy a warm sunny day in Chicago for just a bit. Being able to connect with my usual home life for those brief moments helped me feel centered on a day when 95% of everything else that I was experiencing was brand new.