Three interesting colleagues I have met this Bootcamp.

A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and when, in the whole community, the virtue of each one is living. This was said by Rudolf Steiner. And Andela reflects exactly this.

I remember my first day in the university campus, jittery, confused, and perplexed, I never would want to experience such a day again. I later did learn from my experience in school that comfort is not about the place or the challenges involved, its about the people there. This brings me to my topic for this article, the people who wore a difference and drew my interest.

On my interview date prior to my invitation for the boot-camp exercise, I was told that we would be interviewed in a batch of 3's or 4's, then waited until I was called upon for my group interview.

I was accompanied by two co-interviewee, one named Chukwuemeka. A request was rolled out by the interviewers for an introduction, this was followed by a sharp and quick response from Chukwuemeka and I was intrigued. He knew what to say and when to say it, captivating the entire interview scenery with his thrilling stories of his journey with programming, he was nothing short of interesting and I couldn’t wait to meet with him after the interview to chat up, what a smart man.

As I walked into the boot-camp training ground shaky and curious, I was greeted immediately by a smile from Oluwakemi, and that was the perfect welcome that I needed. It answered the very first question on my mind; “How would I integrate properly here?”. We were close to 50 participants and were placed in smaller groups, as luck may have it I found myself in the same group as her. She is wonderful and from the little I know about her, very friendly and super interesting.

As we sat down in our new smaller group, I shared desk with Henry. At first sight he struck me as a bright man but how wrong I was, he is more than bright. He has a programming background of Java, PHP and Assembly languages, at least those he mentioned, worked with numerous frameworks and libraries too. I’ve been challenged since knowing him and I have added belief in the fact that I can grow and become better than I am now.

Meeting new people and integrating in a new environment can be daunting I know but not when its Andela, am glad I am spending time with these wonderful people.