You may think you know what you really don’t…

It has now been 7 weeks since I’ve been attending the Nashville Software school and I’ve not missed one day. I know you may be thinking, “Well, why haven’t you taken a break?” My simple but honest answer to that question is…one day of information presents you with notes, hands on labs, and understanding. So if you miss 1 day, I can only imagine that playing catch up would be a nightmare. Not saying this to scare anyone, but this School is not your average school. It kind of puts me in the mind of a Boot Camp where you don’t have anybody looking over your shoulder making sure you do anything because it’s up to you to do the homework, and practice all of the skills that were taught to you in class in order for you to be great enough to get the back-end developer job once you graduate.

I know in the recent blog I said that I would be blogging from week to week, but it seems like my blogging time is always overthrown by my homework time. lol

In the 1st two weeks of this school, I thought I would be ahead of the game because the teacher had in the syllabus that we would be going over front-end development like: CSS3, HTML5, ect. These topics were very familiar to me until the teacher went over a new form of writing css called SASS. Then we got into a new form of writing HTML called HAML.

Then the teacher went over GITHUB. Before this, I actually thought git hub was just a site that shared code that other people created. I didn’t know this powerful site was the main puzzle piece that employers look for back-end developers to understand. GitHub is a web-based hosting service for software development projects that use the Git revision control system. So basically in a nutshell, this version control system creates a way for a group of developers to write code on their own computers but be able to save what they coded, but push or share it to the internet repository”GITHUB,” where the rest of the group are able to critique the code and manipulate the code, but also pull that code back down into their local computers. We have also been working with Flicker and Google API’s. We actually have made multiple applications using JavaScript while using these API’s.

Currently we have been going over JavaScript and J query. We’ve also been getting into JavaScript Libraries like, Underscore.js. Qunit Testing in JavaScript has also been a main focus along with Integration Testing. This is a topic which our teacher, “Chyld Medford,” will be going over at BarCamp Nashville!

While coming out of week 7 to week 8, I realized that we have actually done more than 50 labs. Time flies so fast!! I barely even knew that it was even week 7, but I have realized with all of this practice, my muscle memory has improved when it comes to writing functions in JavaScript, and getting real world projects done that involve only JavaScript! 🙂

Graduation + Living on your own = More School

Even though I’ve already got my bachelors degree and graduated, the reality of life is opening my eyes day after day.

 gradration The Art Institute Of Nashville

The breath of fresh air after graduating and getting my bachelors degree was overrated. After 4 years of college, I didn’t know whether I should be scared or relieved. No more classes early in the morning or late at night, no more test to study for, no more finals, no more long lectures, no more sitting in class until your back cramps up. These thoughts will always be remembered, but will not be missed, but I do miss the free wifi, and the free ink to print documents from the printers, and the people.

After I graduated from The Art Institute of Nashville, majoring in Interactive Media and Web Design, I felt as if I were officially a Front-End Web Developer. Before graduation, I did a portfolio show which displayed my greatest work from the past years of college. From this show, I actually landed a couple of jobs which were based on free-lance Web- Design.  I knew I was on my way to success, but then came the reality of getting my own apartment.

While I was in school, I actually was a Resident Assistant aka R.A, aka Dorm Mother. The great thing about student housing at an Art School is that you get to live in a real life apartment with real family oriented neighbors. So this alone makes you think that you are already in the real world SIKKKKKEEEE. When I tried to apply for apartments they were asking questions about credit, yearly income, background checks, ect. I was like, “Why wasn’t there a class in college that went over these things?” LOL Even though I hadn’t started to build my credit, I managed to get me an apartment in Nashville. They told me, “No Credit is better than bad credit LOL!”

Now with that out the way, my focus now is more school..  I know you are like, “What the….I thought she just graduated?” Yes I did just graduate, but I feel that even though I’m a Front End Web Developer, why not get the Back-End under my belt too? 6 more months of school won’t kill me.Right?

September 9th, 2013, is the date that I start “Code School Boot Camp!” I’ve already gotten emails from the school about books and homework that have to be finished before the 1st day. At first I wasn’t too happy about the homework until I did it and realized how much of a refreshment everything was. I knew technology changes constantly, but I thought my basic knowledge of CSS and HTML were pretty deceit. I guess that shows me why my father said, “Keep exercising your mind everyday or it will get lazy, and lazy brains don’t create income!”  This was funny to me back then, but now it makes so much sense.

I really don’t know what to expect from this school. Some people told me it is like boot camp, but to be honest with you, I’m a little nervous, but I really can’t wait. 6 months of school then I can actually say that I’m a Front and Back-end Interactive Media and Web Developer.  Dang that sounds good 🙂