Okay, so it’s not a teacher that is assigning extra work for me to do over the winter break, it’s me. I just found this meme pretty freaking hilarious….
It’s been quite a while since I have been able to stop running around long enough to write an entry. But here I am! The last few weeks of classes were actually uneventful. I was able to turn in all assignments without consequence, and all ended well from a grade standpoint. My final projects revealed themselves to be extremely easy and I was super happy to complete my projects early in order to squander a few extra days for my winter break.
By break, I mean break from school, not coding!
Yeah, that is right! I will be using this time to learn some things that interest me, and not necessary the things that are required to deepen my understanding in my classes! FINALLY! So, I am picking up a few projects to do on my own during this 3 week break!
Here’s what I will attempt:
1) Teach myself JSON — I’m discovering the pure awesomeness of this tool and since practically of the different Software companies APIs support JSON, I figured this is a good place to start!
2) Develop an APP for one of my favorite games — I am playing around in one of my favorite game’s API – League of Legends. Since their API uses JSON, I figured this is a match made in heaven! I am considering building a website with different tools and information. I know that there are many sites that already offer these services but my purpose is simply to see if I can do it myself!
3) Work on my porfolio — My previous two tasks will help this, but I will be using what I learn to add to my extremely sparse portfolio. I really need to get started at some point and this is the way that I’m getting it done.
WORK HARD PLAY HARD!!!
I know that I only have a 3 week break, I will sneak some yummy food and time with the family in there as well. However, I am so excited to learn something that I want to learn and not something that is assigned to me from my professor. I have also realized that I am utterly obsessed with learning how to play with League’s API. I want to develop tools that I can use for myself and make apps for my friends that are customized to our specific needs!
My happy place…
So, I manage to stumble over an app on my phone called Happier. OMG, this app is amazing. They encourage you to share a happy moment. We as humans, tend to dwell on the negative things and don’t take the time to appreciate the happy things that happen in our lives each and every day. This app is determined to change that. I have to admit, I can some times be grumpy and quickly develop a “woe is me” outlook on life, through channeling my inner Eeyore. However, this app has essentially changed my thinking within a few weeks. Case in point, I was stuck on a concept on my homework assignment. I set out to post how happy I am for how far I had come in learning to program, and was distracted by all of the happy people posting about the holidays and family. This made me think of how happy I was to finally be able to spend the holidays with my family… and I posted about it. My programming issue was far out of my mind and I was able to sleep. When I woke up, I revisited my coding and BAM, it came to me. Focusing on the positives in life is a great way to achieve great things!