Halfway to never graduating

Last week was my sixth at the Recurse Center and the halfway point through my full 12-week batch. This was the point at which the batch previous to mine “never graduated”, and on Monday, a whole new batch starts their RC experience!

Before getting into the swing at RC, I did a lot of research and loved reading other peoples’ experiences. Here’s a freeform catalogue of some of mine.

  1. The last six weeks flew by so fast.
  2. I’ve been really productive, spentd lots of time coding, and have built some great portfolio projects. All good things, but it’s come partly at the cost of pair programming and being more experimental. A tough balance.
  3. So far I’m 6 for 6 in iron blogger and alternating technical and non technical posts has been good, but serious y'all didn’t like my last post?! Too gross?
  4. I learned that once I start a project, I get a little obsessed and have a hard time context switching/stopping until it’s done.
  5. I love my batchmates and RC keeps getting better as I get more comfortable with everyone and the space. It’s sad that ½ of my friends are leaving, though :(
  6. One of the study groups I started fizzled out because there wasn’t a set agenda. The other one is great and we’re taking an online algorithms course together. Highly recommend that kind of structure, although the class itself is a bit too mathy for me.
  7. There are a lot of people here with non-CS backgrounds like me. I was worried I’d be the odd one out, but it’s well mixed.
  8. I’ve been keeping a daily log. It’s been really helpful. Here’s a snapshot—you can see I don’t get half the stuff done I initially plan for:
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    Maybe I should try estimating points next ;)

  9. It feels like my progress has slowed in the last 2 weeks and I can’t tell if it’s because my new projects are harder or something else.

  10. Y'all gotta take a break from coding on the weekends. I say this having spent most of my weekends coding and all yesterday fighting Babel.

  11. As an incoming batchling we were very fresh and vulnerable 👶 and our elder batchmates were very kind and organized events while we figured it all out. We’re the grownups now and it’s weird!

  12. I don’t feel like I have to fake anything at RC. There’s no pressure to pretend to know things I don’t, to show my most confident face all the time, or seek anyone’s approval. It’s the best.

  13. It seems like people have a better time when they go with the flow and don’t hold themselves to strict productivity goals.

  14. I’m so lucky to be at RC. This is definitely one of my better timelines.

  15. I’m giving a lightning talk at RC’s next Localhost event, you should come!


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