In BLOG, Check-In, Encouragement

Julie and Claire have already finished 3 weeks! Where is the time going?

Here is a record of their experiences!

Julie

Savvy students each recently turned in our first big assignments, the beginning of our capstone project. I am familiar with the power of positive thinking – it’s gotten me through some tough times in my life. Having an optimistic outlook and focusing on what can go right is what propelled me to make a change in my career path and enroll in Savvy Coders.

I had forgotten about the power of positive feedback.

Our capstone homework had several parts, which instructor Stephanie explained. She offered multiple times throughout the two weeks we had to work on the assignment to answer any questions we had or to review our progress and offer guidance. I felt like I understood what she was asking for, so I did my best with it. I noticed that the more time I spent on this project, the more invested I became. I like what I’m working on. I believe in it.

Turning in the first assignment with any new instructor feels risky. I did the best I could and I thought I understood the goals of the assignment – but what will Stephanie think of my work? Was I on target? Will she believe in my capstone idea, too? I have to admit, in the back of my mind I even questioned for a moment whether I belonged at Savvy Coders as I clicked the Send button to submit my homework.

*cue the dramatic music as Julie waits on tenterhooks for feedback*

When the feedback came, it was indeed favorable. I was so happy I took a screenshot for posterity (and to show my mom!). The positive feedback I received helped me feel more in control of the capstone project I’m working on, and it helped me feel like I belong in the world of web development. Every minute of effort I put into my project was worth it because the instructor showed that she cares.

Claire

Today marks the end of week 3! Wow, we’re already 20% of the way there! I honestly didn’t think this course would go by so quickly. I figured it would seem to drag on since I was SO intimidated about learning to code. Like, I mean I spent YEARS avoiding learning to code since I didn’t think I could handle it. So, I’m pleasantly surprised at how quickly I’ve picked up the information. I’m by no means an expert at this point, but I don’t think I’ll be treading water for the next 9 weeks. This week we dove deeper into JavaScript, covered an intro to HTML and CSS, and worked on Agile training. We were warned during orientation that the week 3 homework is pretty tough, and boy is that an understatement! Who knew that homework about a pizza place could actually make me kind of hate pizza? As difficult as the homework is, I’m looking forward to doing it correctly and demonstrating my (hopefully) mad JavaScript skills!