7:45 AM: Roll out of bed
I’ve been falling asleep almost immediately when I get home, or doing homework, so preparing meals or making breakfast hasn’t been an option. I do the usual human things to make myself somewhat presentable to the world.
8:15 AM Dog Walk
My husband’s still asleep, so I take the beast and his cone of shame out on a walk.
8:20 AM Rush out the door and hope I get there by 9.
Usually I walk, sometimes I bike. I’m almost always 5-8 minutes late. I walk through the Texas State Capitol grounds because it’s very pretty. And mostly people-free.
8:30 AM Breakfast
I take time to stop by LavAzza, one of my favorite morning spots, for a croissant, fruit, and coffee.
8:40 AM Reading
Makersquare is busy and intense and it’s important to take time doing things that aren’t related to computers or design or work. So I purposefully try to slow my morning. I don’t have a whole lot of time before class starts, but I manage to squeeze in a few pages of Walden. The more time I spend in front of a computer, the more I feel a tug to disconnect in order to inject some sense of balance.
8:55 AM Just before class
I walk into class just before we delve into front-end lessons.
9:00 AM - Euler Problems!
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Front End lesson
12:00 PM - Lunch ‘Break’
Gone are the days when I would take a full lunch break because now I find myself, like other students, eating in front of my screen. I order Chipotle and quickly pick it up and get back to work.
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Angular Work
Creating a chat app using Angular
3:00 PM - 3:20 PM Coffee Break
From lunch till now we’ve been working nonstop. I’m feeling a little brain-dead, So it’s definitely time for a break. It’s hot hot hot outside, so I cannot drink the hot coffee that’s on auto brew throughout the whole day (nor can I comprehend how my classmates can drink it). I walk over to Royal Blue with Chris, Quin, Derek, and Emma for iced caffeine.
4:30 PM Break out the beer.
Most of us are finished early, and people are already starting to relax for the day. Most of the talk around the class concerns the upcoming Cohort 7’s open house night. It’s the night our experience at Makersquare culminates to, where students show off their senior projects to the Austin community and prospective employers. All of the buzz is a reminder that in less than a week our cohort (C8) will be on the senior side at Congress, beginning our final projects. Sooner than we expect, we shall be standing in their shoes.
These thoughts are both exciting and stressful, two feelings that are easily mitigated by some ping-pong (enter Justin and Patrick, our algorithms instructor)!
6:00 PM Migrate home!
It’s 6PM and time to get home. Most people are staying for the ATX Sass meetup, but my husband and I had made plans weeks ago for dinner with a dear friend. I walk home a slightly different way than I came, admiring how green Austin is this summer.
11:00 PM Way past my bedtime
After dinner the Zadrozny house is fairly exhausted. Instead of working late into the night I try to get to bed by 11:30-12 so I will be wide awake and ready to take on the next day. The life of a developer is always one where, for the most part, you must protect your brain and comprehension. I want to give my faculties the best chance of easily grasping difficult and very abstract concepts. More than ever before in my life I find myself becoming more and more protective of my sleep. My husband Nick appreciates this value shift tremendously!
Six weeks fly fast. The days of prework hacking and laboring to make sense of objects seem a thousand miles away. The knowledge that every learning curve leads to better understanding and more powerful tools is a valuable perspective in a world where I am always aware of how little I know and how much I do not know. My teachers are awesome and make things a lot easier than they would be otherwise, and every day I’m here is one I’m thankful for. If you are interested in Makersquare, you should absolutely learn more and do it!
Tomorrow is a day of back-end with Nick, our ruby instructor, diving into Active Record! But that’s for tomorrow. Tonight, we sleep.