BOOTCAMP Day 1
5:00 AM: I wake up with mixed emotions. On one hand, I am excited because I made it to the bootcamp, on the other, I am anxious because the day has finally come and from what a little birdie told me, it wasn't going to be easy. So I take out the short notes I made on the Homestudy curriculum, and begin going through them.
6:00 AM: I leave the house hurriedly and upon reaching the stage, the growling of my stomach reminds me that I have not had my breakfast yet. At this point I’m thinking, “Ain’t nobody got time for that. My first impression cant be of a late entry.” The bus leaves for the CBD and I arrive at 7:30, then make my way to ‘Railways Bus Station’. Well, if you’re not familiar with Murphy’s law, it states that, ‘Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.’ This is my example.
8:00 AM: “Ngong 50, Ngong 50,” the tout shouts. I figure that I will board the first matatu, and alight at the stage next to Nakumatt Prestige because I couldnt bear being late. I confirm from the passenger next to me, the route that the matatu will take and he assures me that it will pass through Ngong road and with a level of certainty, I wear my earphones and glue my eyes to my phone.
As soon as i lift my head up, I notice that the road is very well maintained to be Ngong road. My fears are confirmed as soon as I see ‘Capital Center’ and realize we’re on Mombasa road. I search Andela Kenya on google maps and my heart sinks to my stomach when I see that the direction I am heading, is totally opposite to my destination.
9:20 AM: I finally arrive at the ‘dojo’ late after travelling all the way to Karen and back. I realize that I missed the morning session(which I regret), but I find my way to the venue where the bootcamp was held, and catch up with everything. My day finally turns for the better when I meet fellow bootcampers, who were social making the experience comfortable. Also, Andela came through with some coffee that helped with my growling stomach and later lunch as well, that was fit for a king. O.K, not a king but maybe a young prince. The chicken was so good, that I even forgot the seriousness of the matters being discussed at the bootcamp. It made me kuku about Andela. Haha. Failed attempt at a pun right there.
The day felt very much well spent as we were leaving the bootcamp venue at around 6:00 PM. Everyone seemed full of vigor and passion and were ready to tackle the tasks at hand. Everything was a constant learning process and major shouts go to the LFAs that were present. They made sure everything went smoothly and that we were all brought up to speed with all the tools we needed to become problem solvers.
All in all, it was a beautiful experience that I would wish on everyone. The ambiance is set to feel like you are in a safe environment, so anything you say or do is not frowned upon or discouraged. Everyone shares, and there is a feel of strong relationships and bonds being created, and you want to be a part of that. I cant wait for what’s next.