First Impressions

Why Turing?

I chose Turing because it had the best reputation of all the coding schools. It lacked the profit-focused, churn and burn environment I'd seen at other schools and bootcamps. 

The school seems genuinely invested in the tech community as well as the education of new developers. 

First Week

We certainly hit the ground running during the first week of classes. The first two days were more "fluff" activities designed to help us get to know the others in our group. 

We helped put together furniture and explored Denver on a group scavenger hunt. 

But on Wednesday things got serious. 

Mastermind

We received our first big project, Mastermind, due Monday.

Mastermind is a REPL game where the computer creates a random 4-digit code made up of 4 colors: (B)lue, (G)reen, (R)ed and (Y)ellow. 

Once the secret code is created, the user attempts to crack the code by guessing. 

Enumerables

For the remainder of the week we focused on enumerables like .each, .map and .all?

It seems like .each is the king of all enumerables and the others are condensed versions of logic you could code using .each.  

Friday Fun Day (Sorta)

Fridays at Turing are a bit of a full-day retro.

We started with a "Gear up," in which the entire school sat in silence and read an article, White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women's Studies by Peggy McIntosh.

As you may have guessed from the title, the article focuses on gender bias and racism. The exercise was surprisingly emotional for me.

I recognize gender bias on a regular basis, but realized I rarely, if ever, stop to appreciate how much privilege I experience simply because of my race. 

The rest of the day was filled with a guest speaker, lightning talks by students and an informal retro with our group. 

Overall, a good start to a long journey.