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Just two weeks left until your course is complete! What new knowledge have you found has had the greatest impact on you?
Wow, I can’t believe it’s already been 8 weeks! I’ve learned so much and have come so far – thanks, BrainStation!
Being a graphic designer, of course, I am OBSESSED with CSS. I’ve made it my mission to learn every single property and selector type out there so I will be as comfortable working in a CSS stylesheet as I am in Photoshop or Illustrator. Thinking ahead to my goal of becoming a full-time freelancer, my design experience will give me an edge over other developers, since I would fill the role of both the designer and the developer. For some real-life practice, I’m helping out a friend redesign their WordPress template, and I’m so excited to be another step closer to achieving my career goal!
Can we get a sneak peek at your final project?
Yeah, you bet! I love seeing my portfolio site come together. I’ve got the basic HTML skeleton ready to go so now it’s time to start writing the content so I can get started on finalizing my styling. Up until now, I have been mostly using placeholder images so I can really focus on the structure instead of getting distracted by adjusting image sizes and I feel really confident about what I’ve done so far.
Now that you’ve all been learning together for 8 weeks, what is the classroom experience like?
It’s a fast-paced, collaborative atmosphere where the students are free to ask questions at any time, and will get immediate help from the instructors or even from the other students. The instructors are immediately responsive to any feedback or question, so as long as you are paying attention and are willing to speak up if a problem arises, keeping up is not an issue. I also appreciate how often everyone uses Slack so we can easily grab code and share links with each other, both during and outside of class.
What have you found to be the most rewarding? Most challenging?
I still have a lot to learn before I can go forth and make a career out of web development, but what I have been taught at BrainStation has really helped me establish a foundation that all my future experience and learning will build on. Coding used to seem so intimidating and everything I have learned so far has changed that perspective. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still constantly stumped by things, but I’ve gained so much confidence in my abilities that I face the problem head on, instead of avoiding it or finding someone else to take care of it.
Most challenging? I wish I had more time to focus on coding! I try to spend about 4 hours spread out over the week in between classes to study up on syntax or working on my final project. But it’s tough to fit it in after a long day at work or when the sun is shining over the weekend.
What are your goals for your final two weeks of the course?
I still have one more class to go before presenting my final project, so I’m trying to get as much of my project complete as possible. Then I can show up to class on Thursday with a clear list of questions that I can ask the instructors. We also covered WordPress in our last class and during our next class, we will go over Github, so I am hoping to have a clear idea as to where I want to host my final project.