With just a little over a month til I start my bootcamp course, I couldn’t be more excited. This week an event in San Francisco called Reactathon started
I always feel nervous before going to these events, because networking isn’t exactly my most favorite thing to do in the world, being more of an introverted person I have to force myself out of my comfort zone to approach people. I also feel strange entering the tech world as a total outsider, coming from a music background, so it’s not exactly a natural environment for me. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t try to talk myself out of going to these events, but the free food and drinks helped seal the deal for me.
The event at Pinterest had great food, and their space was pretty incredible. I ended up recognizing someone I had met from a past meetup there, so that was pretty cool to see him again and build on that connection some more. I met a few other people, and then listening to them talk amongst themselves, I felt like they were speaking another language. I had asked a guy to explain to me what they were talking about, GraphQL, and when he did I got totally lost but tried to follow along. It reminds me of when I first started learning the Tabla drum, the drum of North Indian Classical Music. I would go sit in the more advanced classes and listen, and feel like this was totally different from the beginner stuff that I was learning. What is inspiring to me, is that now I have been studying for four years or so, and have moved up to a more advanced Tabla class, and while it is very challenging, it is something I can at least wrap my head around now. I look forward to the same advancement in programming someday, and while I think that attending some of these events and trying to follow along is a real reach of my technical understanding at the moment, trying to get a context for some of these concepts can be really beneficial for my learning when I do get to a point where I can actually start working with these things.