My first day was actually yesterday but after coming home from the Dojo and working on some homework, I immediately crashed. So because of that, I am actually writing this the next morning…
Yesterday was AWESEOME. I took the train into West End Station and arrived at the Dojo around 8am. Upon getting there, I met two of my cohort members. We waited in the main area and met more people (both part of my cohort and members of previous cohorts) as they began to trickle in.
At about 9am, we all gathered in the main classroom area and did a simple “break-the-ice” activity. It was cheesy but fun and it did get me to talk to a bunch of new people so I really liked it.
After the activity, the members of my new cohort moved over to the “ice box” which was really just a cold break-out room. In here, the lead instructor for the Dallas Dojo laid things out for us. I really appreciated this session and wish I would have had something similar when I first got to college. It would have saved me from a semester of struggling! He basically was firm about us completing all of our assignments and reading up on the materials before the lecture. He helped us create the aggressive mindset we need to have going into the next 14 weeks. There can be no passiveness in our path to becoming a professional programmer. It was a good speech.
We couldn’t begin with our first lesson because not everyone had completed the required assignments. We worked together as a group to help each other complete the pre-course work. I even had an opportunity to get up to the white board and help teach some algorithms! It was exciting to get to teach again! Everyone was in a different spot, but I think by the end of the day most everyone got caught up.
I really like my cohort! I think even though we all have different backgrounds and levels of experience, the thing I really appreciate is how surprisingly tight-knit we are. We have a facebook messenger chat group set up that we actively use and we are already talking about working on projects together and meeting up after class somewhere to study. I think it’s really cool!
We took a short lunch around noon which was a much needed break from sitting for so long. Our group walked over to the glass pyramid not too far from the Dojo. It had a bunch of restaurants and was similar to a mall food court. I ate my lunch at the Dojo but I still joined them for lunch. I am glad I did because we got to know a little bit more about each other.
After lunch, we had a short lecture about HTML and then the rest of the afternoon was spent working on our homework or other assignments. I finished all of my HTML which was our assignment for the first day and got about halfway through CSS which is our assignment for the next two days. I really hope I can stay ahead. Our lead instructor really said something earlier that day that resonated with me. “The difference between having fun in the pool with a drink in your hand and drowning is just an inch.” Meaning, we HAVE to keep our heads above water, stay ahead of our course work even if it’s only for an “inch”. Love it.
I left the Dojo at about 7pm. It’s crazy that think that I spent 11 hours there! Compared to teaching, it was a short day, but my brain was FRIED by the end of the day. I guess that means I did it right. Came home, ate dinner, made lunch for tomorrow, and continued working on my assignments for about another 2.5 hours. By about 10pm I could no longer look at a computer screen and my bed was calling me!
It was a great day!