A Week at Array

Array Classroom

A few weeks ago, I started working at the hospital as a housekeeper, and I was pretty excited for it. It was my first job outside of retail, and I felt like I was making some sort of impact on people for the first time.

Only two weeks later, classes began at Array. Although we’ve only just scratched the surface, I feel like we’ve already been at it for months, just based on how far we’ve come.

The most interesting thing about Array, I find, is that for the first time in my life, I’m excited to get up in the morning. There wasn’t much of an acclimation period. It feels like everyone here just meshes together really, really well. There isn’t the same fear of peer judgement that’s existed in all my education.

Array has the hours you’d expect of a job, with the cover of an education, but it feels unlike either of those things. Certainly, we’re working hard, we’re learning, but it has such a unique vibe about it that it really can’t be described. It’s an experience, which sounds really corny, but it’s the truth of it. When I get home, my family asks me what I did today, and I usually don’t know what to say. I can show them the code I wrote that day, but that hardly covers what I really learned and did for those eight hours.

Now, it could very well be that I have a bad memory, or that I just have trouble articulating things without thinking about it for a long period beforehand. I suspect, however, that it has more to do with Array than with me. I loved my job a week and a half ago, and when I was there this past weekend, I just couldn’t help but think, ‘I want to go back to Array. I don’t want to be doing this. Fire me over something dumb, so I can go back and write code.’

I’ve only been here a week, and it’s completely shifted my life perspective. And I have every confidence that I will only grow to love it more with time.