Greetings and salutations! Today marks the end of the 8th week here at Origin Code Academy’s 2016 Summer cohort (Go Fighting Ducklings!). On my very first day, Origin CEO Jeff Winkler walked into the classroom and in between many great tips, recommended that everyone start a blog to document our experiences. Like most great pieces of advice I get, I filed that away under “things that would be cool to do, but I clearly don’t have the time for right now.” That’s not to say I have all of the time in the world right now. Quite the contrary in fact, as heading into the final project, all of the training wheels coming off. It’s a little too late to document my entire journey through Origin, but I figure now is as good a time as any to start reflecting on my time here so far.
First things first, a little background. I am currently a certified Ballroom and Latin dance instructor teaching group and private lessons after I leave the academy most nights and some weekends. My girlfriend actually saw Jeff on TV (on … MSNBC? CNBC? one of the BC’s) being interviewed about his crazy notion to start a code school to get people jobs in San Diego, and when she told me about it, the idea got filed away in the same place Jeff’s blog advice would later go. It wasn’t until a couple of weeks later, about 2 weeks before the summer cohort was due to start, that I decided that I might as well see if I can get in. By some stroke of luck, I made it through the admissions process and had a few days to complete as much prework as I possibly could.
When I first started the class, I had taken exactly one C++ coding class approximately 9 years ago in college, and that, combined with the 1,000 points on Team Treehouse that I managed to accumulate the weekend before the first day encompassed my entire coding education. Yesterday, my classmates and I put together a full-stack web application that does pretty much what we intended it to do… minus a few things that we had to drop to make the deadline. If you had told me 3 months ago that I would be doing this right now, I would have laughed in your face. My time here so far has been an exciting string of new challenges every day, and while there have been many frustrating, hairpullingly difficult tasks, I can’t wait to solve the next seemingly impossible problem. It’s been a grueling 8 weeks here at Origin Code Academy, and all I can say right now is “Bring it on!”