RSS

Tag Archives: struggles

My Final Project – My attempt at speaking “computer”

Image

Photo Credit

Down to the wire… this is how I roll…

I completed at the absolute last moment that I could… okay, I actually had 4 hours to spare and felt pretty darn good about that.  It was not until early that morning however, that I finally figured out a specific code for a major portion of my Final Project.  This alone made Saturday night a very sleepless night for me, for I spent the entire night worrying about the status of my Final Project, which is 25% of my grade.  I even had a nightmare that I forgot to submit it and work up in a panic Sunday morning, with the realization that it wasn’t even due until that night >.<. 

The great divide… between me and my classmates…

After I submitted my project, I couldn’t help but compare myself to my classmates.  I had thoughts of them having extra bells and whistles to their program.  In essence, they coded the next Facebook, while I “played” a simple instrument LOL.  I am not completely sure why I do this to myself… correction, I know EXACTLY why I do this to myself.  I come from a VERY competitive environment, if you are not first, then you are last… dead last.  I find myself comparing myself to my classmates and feeling god awful afterwards. I forced myself to stop comparing myself long enough to take an Ibuprofen for the massive migraine I had and I allowed myself to sleep soundly for the first time since the professor posted the requirements for my Final Project.   

That’s when the emails started…

OUTRAGE, is what some of my peers displayed.  Apparently, one classmate sent out an email to the entire class chastising my professor saying that he was an awful teacher and that she did not pay $900 to take a class where she had to teach herself.  Then immediately after there were a string of “reply all” emails of students saying that they STILL had no clue of what the professor was asking for in the Final Project.  Some even stated that they submitted their projects with compile/syntax errors and a world of squiggly lines (that’s what I like to call them).  I was shocked.  Here I am thinking I am comparing my project to the next Facebook when many of my peer’s programs did not even run.  As for me, my project was running seamlessly and I felt pride swell in my chest.  Maybe I should have felt bad for my classmates, complaining to each other far too late to do anything about it.  But instead, I felt great about myself.  Because, yes, the project was bear, but I approached it as I approach every problem in my life, by asking myself… “How do you eat an elephant?”… one toe at a time!

Victory is Sweet — but ice-cream is sweeter…

After I wiped the silly smile off of my face, I went for ice-cream.  My highly basic, n00b-tastic coding was far from what any normal programmer would consider as being worth celebrating.  But hey, my project is MY highly basic, n00b-tastic coding and I am super proud of it.  For one, I did NOT give up, I read, researched, GOOGLE’d, pestered my professor, and did all that I could in order to wrap my mind around what it was that I was supposed to accomplish.  100% of my extra time was devoted to this project and I’m extremely happy with the outcome.  The smile returned with the ice-cream cone [it was chocolate if you must know].  Thus a new tradition has began.  I will close out every successful class with a celebratory ice-cream cone. 

I would be lying if I said I could care less about the grade I get…

Honestly, deep down, I don’t care.  I accomplished so much more this session.  I completed the first REAL class towards my new career.  I know a TON more than I knew just 8 weeks ago. 

[Commence Victory Dance]

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on October 14, 2013 in Programming

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

 
Teila's Blog

Musings of a Female Game Developer

Twyste

yarn, wires, & life

A Momentary Lapse of Reasonings

Thinking the lived experience of technology

Pycharm.WordPress.Com

Start Coding Python The Right Way! Step by Step!

Swiftly Coding

Join me on my learning to code adventures!

Frankie Inguanez

Business Intelligence Specialist

Subaltern Gaming

Because every game should go viral

Sixty Hertz

museum of vids & links, no reviews, no snark

webcsshtml

WEB CSS AND HTML

Red Website Design Blog

Helping You & Your Business Grow

Riley Jensen

It's Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

T. Brooks Web Design, LLC

T. Brooks Web Design, LLC designs hand-coded, quality websites and mobile sites for all companies in any industry, anywhere in the U.S. We specialize in small, medium, and startup businesses, especially in construction and landscaping. We also handle online marketing and promotion, social media, search engine optimization (SEO), logos, flyers, and videos. All work is done full-time by the owner, and we do not use subcontractors. We believe in fair and ethical business practices, we are proactive and take pride in our work, and we won't drop the ball! Visit our website at http://www.tbrookswebdesign.com.

dnstudio

Design solves ugly problems in a beautiful way

Katrina's THEOry of Life

Zoologist turned web developer running wild on the internet.

%d bloggers like this: