The group projects are tough. If you are used to working and studying alone, this program is not for you. Do not make such risks as it will hurt those who care a lot about their future. Your grades depend on the performance of everyone else. I tried to lead when no one can, but I was squeamish for a lead and I asked for help a bit late because I thought I could do it all alone and not bother anyone. Don’t do that! Just don’t.
It’s amazing because my group mates were super smart and agile. We got things done on time, but that was so close to not making it at all.
Use open source books as primary materials over books that take years to update. An example of an open source book is You Don’t Know JS. We just can’t go back to the year 2003. Keep moving forward.
Thinkful teaches both ES5 and ES2017 standards. I’ved worked as a mentor for Thinkful, and I still do. I definitely appreciate how nothing is set in the stone. We can change what we should to make sure the students learn what they should.
My other opinions of my experience in the University have already been submitted as a formal review to the University.
This post is futile at most if you don’t need read this part, and read it with a bit of concern because traditional education STILL matters:
I have a request for those in the academe and off the academe to see their flaws. Students need both high quality theoretical Computer Science education, and bootcamp-level training for software development and software engineering. They need both. Education provided by the institutions is still about education. If you don’t care to fix what’s broken about such institutions, good luck to your country. To be fair, there aren’t a lot of things broken. The students know it. They generally know what education they lack. Dismissing that they don’t need either because of theories on signaling which almost suggest that you don’t really learn anything in University, and you can gain that so-called signal in 10 minutes. “Productivity is independent of education.” They are saying nothing great came out of the four walls of a campus, and you will not learn a lot in University. That’s odd because Terriyaki Boy was feasibility study you can still read today at St. Louis University. Anything said with much confidence can be disputed. Generalizing is a common error. Thinking everything is black and white, and we can make clear conclusions on everything is just odd. This is called binary thinking. We need the education universities provide, and the theories on signaling are often mixed up with complaints that learning does not happen in a University, cheaters abound and so on. For all these reasons, I refuse to make references to such insensible articles. You are better off googling them.
As a mentor at Thinkful, I always asked about their situations. Many of them can’t go back to study in a University. They just want to work. I will never give such suggestions to do post-graduate studies to everyone. There is nothing wrong with that at all as long as they see the fact they need to learn a lot and what they look like in today’s job market. Always think about what people need, and how different people learn differently. Most people are intelligent. They just have different backgrounds. I don’t believe any student’s truly “dumb.” I found that they mostly can figure out how to solve problems they encounter.
This year, I am focusing on my work. But I am a perpetual student. I don’t claim to be an expert, and I am actually more afraid of listening to the overconfident fool or inadvertently turning to someone like that.
To my classmates, cast your nets WIDE:
You’re all great! Don’t give up and finish the program. Do not drop out. I fully support you all. Listen to everyone. Even those who look like beginners. Once you learn how to listen and how to do filtering of what you learn from others, you will not have a lot of problems. The global open source community is always better than the local Philippine community. Today I joined the React.js community and everyone calls themselves a “beginner” despite 2 years experience in the using the framework. Listen to everyone, and listen to yourself.
To my program chair:
I could go back if I had more time. Even if I won’t, I am thankful because I learned a lot.