Week 10 started out rough. Career Day, which used to seem just kind of soon, all of a sudden became NEXT WEEK, so we panicked a little bit. Instead of shedding tears of stress and frustration, my body’s reaction has been to willfully block the absorption of certain information (Zipf’s law and the hashing trick!!) at inconvenient times.
Even when tears were flowing and tensions ran high, we found ways to have fun and take necessary breaks from the computer. Instructor LizTheDeveloper turned 72, so we celebrated with vegan cake.And during lunch, we walked to the park to meet dog friends: Stella got a hair cut and came back to Hackbright with “country music star hair.” And we all sampled some frustratingly small crackers from Trader Joe’s with “roasted gorgonzola spices.” We weren’t sure which word was being described by “roasted” here…This week was all about starting Career Day prep. We met with Instructor Cynthia who timed us on our seven-minute “elevator pitch” of our project. We each get seven-minutes with the hiring companies to sell ourselves as eager, competent software engineers. No pressure, of course!
We also had to write mini bios for ourselves and descriptions for our projects for the representatives of hiring partners at Career Day. That was an agonizing process, and we all seemed to struggle with our Imposter Syndrome when condensing ourselves to 170 words. How (in)formal should we be? Do we talk about our education? What if our background has nothing to do with programming?!?
Also agonizing: coming up with names for our projects. I settled on “CATABLOG” (like ‘catalog’?). Breanna’s “Space Jamz” somehow became “Space James” on Heroku….I learned (confirmed?) that website design and user experience/interface is not my thing at all. Look, I made a website that matches the color of my jeans?
Week 10 was abbreviated due to Thanksgiving Break, so we all took a break on Thursday to enjoy Friendsgiving. Then on Friday-Sunday, it was back to work! Now that it’s after Thanksgiving, though, I was delighted to code to holiday music.
And sometimes, you just need an emergency dance break to Mariah Carey’s All I want for Christmas is you. I cannot believe it. I’m about to go to sleep and wake up at the start of my LAST WEEK OF HACKBRIGHT. The week we graduate! The week we present our projects! The week we meet hiring companies! The week we start (hopefully) getting invitations to interview!
Probably won’t post until after Wednesday’s career day. Fingers crossed for me, please.