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My Intermediate Programming Class: Makes me feel a little more like a programmer…

04 Nov

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No one ever uses semi colons properly anyway… 

Before I get to talking about my experiences in my new class, I thought I would share a semi funny story.  I had to do a mini research paper recently and I completely blanked on how to properly use a semi colon.  It looked out of place within my research paper and I stared blankly at my computer screen for a second before I started to giggle.  I have now turned one of the most underused symbols into something I use a million times a day now.  Talk about programming nerd problems LOL.  

I feel a lot more like a programmer… 

After completing my first Java course with an A+ I felt a tad bit victorious.  Considering I have never programmed anything prior to this class, I finished this course with a clearer understanding of programming and what it means to the world.  Programmers are essentially magicians with the capability to create any digital tool that they please.  I am not at the point that I am able to implement any of these magical things, but I have a level of confidence now that did not exist before.  After losing nights of sleep over my final project in my last course, and receiving a 100 on it, I realized that I will be successful, not because I am awesome, but because I am dedicated to learning whatever I can get my little hands on.  

Introducing Intermediate Programming… 

I just started my Intermediate Programming class and despite of the confidence that I gained after completing Introduction to Programming, I have to say I was intimidated by my professor.  He has some really high expectations, and although I am excited about his outlook, I also have a tiny voice in the back of my head that reminds me of my background and the fact that I am truly a fish out of water when it comes to programming.  My fear was recognized when I received an 80% on my first homework assignment.  In my mind, I felt the walls crashing down (right alongside my 4.0 GPA).  As usual, I slapped and reminded myself that the first homework assignment was just 3% of my final grade and that I am not out of the game yet.  The first assignment sets the standard for the professor’s expectations and I just had to dissect my feedback and move from there.  So, after dissection, I learned quite a bit about my professor and his expectations.  I say this only to report that on my second assignment, a project that was worth 15% of my final grade,  I received a 100! 

I am learning so much about myself that I did not know before.  

Primarily, this change in my life is more than just following my dreams, although that was the purpose for me doing so.  I learned that this change is huge in me readjusting what I think I am capable of doing.  I have had to push myself past preset mental boundaries in order for me to accomplish these new tasks in my life.  What happens in these moments however, is a dynamic that can not be ignored: 

The more I push myself, the more I know that I can do anything and the more I feel like a programmer and less like a spectator.  

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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Programming

 

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8 responses to “My Intermediate Programming Class: Makes me feel a little more like a programmer…

  1. Brad

    November 17, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Having read some of your posts and seeing as you’re almost always the first one to post, I think you have a very firm grasp on the concepts in the Intermediate programming classes. Your explanations are consistently well thought out and show a deeper understanding of the material than some of the veterans. Keep up the good work and I’m sure you’ll do great in this class.

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    • CoderBug83

      November 17, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks a lot Brad! I’ve been taking things one week/concept at a time, I’m getting more and more comfortable everyday. It’s cool to receive some validation from a classmate!

      Thanks Again 🙂

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  2. Brad

    November 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    No problem! I came into the class a good bit behind (as it’s been years since I’ve done any hardcore programming…high school 17 years ago was the last time I did any serious programming), but I finally feel like I’ve caught up this week. Just wait until we get to recursion though, it’s very useful and a little tricky at times.

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