Andela Boot-Camp Day-2, The Journey so far…

In my previous post, I mentioned how much of a hobby learning new things represents to me…well, I am happy to say I finally found my match!

The Andela Cycle-26 boot-camp kicked off yesterday on a very wonderful note. We were briefly introduced to the our Boot-camp facilitation Assistants (BFA) and I must admit that the folks at Andela, Lagos are awesome people. I remember walking up the stairs earlier that day with mixed feelings of nervousness and excitement. Andela’s boot-camp has a reputation of being very grueling and it was of no surprise how twitchy I was, However, the hospitality and joviality of the Fellows greatly help rid me of the nervousness that accompanied me into the premises.

After a brief bonding session, we were nicely divided into small groups and assigned Andela fellows as assistants. We had been given a project to work on during a Pre-bootcamp week. Although that sparked up a fire of excitement in us, but the experience was very challenging. The BFAs inspected our progress on the project and provided feed-back. We quickly dived into the tasks for the Day.

I started by engaging with the videos that were sent to us. Yesterday was termed “Self-Learning Clinic (SLC)” and so we were expected to own our own learning. How excited I was to own my own learning. I learned about some very exciting topics such as Growth mindset, Programming Logic, Test Driven Development, Version Control and many others. I learned so much in one day that my head felt three times heavier than it was when i came. I also wrote and published my very first blog post and I was proud!

Finally, I am beginning to create my own, explore my creative sense to literally create something out of nothing. I agree I have had sleepless nights so far, I have had to take series of crash courses, meet almost unrealistic deadlines, multi- task, learn and even ‘un-learn’, I am even writing this post with blood-shot eyes, but I am self motivated. I know I am where I am supposed to be. its daunting I agree, but I am willing to give it all I have got.

I have to go now, got another deadline to catch but I will wrap this up with this piece from Randy Pausch

The brick walls are there for a reason. the brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.

If you want it, let the hurdles motivate you!