Pause to Reflect…
I am coming to the end of the second phase of my software engineering program. I have been learning to code for about six weeks, but it seems like its been much longer than that. So much information (objects, arrays, functions, loops, the instinctual fear of a webpage disappearing under a flood of red ERROR text) has been crammed into my brain that the passage of time has gone wibbly.
The program is 40% complete and it hasn’t even been two full months yet! But as I think back on the past few weeks, it kind of makes sense. Coming from a non-tech background with zero base knowledge of computer science or coding to being able to build web pages with functionality is a big achievement. So, to my fellow classmates, I say give yourselves a pat on the back.
I think now is as good a time as any to take a look at how far we’ve come in such a short time. At the beginning of summer 2021, I was googling keyboard shortcuts and how to do the most basic things in HTML while working on my pre-work assignments. (I will admit, I did not know that you could undo with ctrl + z) Now, at the end of the summer… well I’m still googling, but now my search history includes things like client side routing and why does my JSON data keep replicating parts of itself every time I filter through it.
(HINT: unique keys and ids are useful)
I think the saying goes, It’s hard to see the forest for the trees. We’re constantly in a state of despair and frustration for not immediately picking up the most minute of details or absolutely understanding a single concept that we sort of ignore how much we have learned in such a small amount of time. Day one was not that long ago, but I’ve come so far. That code challenge I was beating myself up over not completing on the first try, I could ace with no problem now and well under the time limit. That was only fourteen days ago!
It’s hard not to focus on how much you don’t know. I’m working toward a career in tech, I’m always going to be learning something new as coding languages and technologies evolve and advance.
So I say this to all other students learning to code (in school, a boot camp, self taught, etc.). Be proud of your achievements and of how far you come!