In the last week of the program, we’re all tired and sick of typing by now, getting multiple snacks every hour, just so we can get up. I try not to use the restroom frequently but I have to stay hydrated. The cubicles have joined together in the final moments we have to get to know each other more. I know I’m snitching on myself, but we have never goofed off as much than any other week. Looking back on the small jokes we’ve made over the weeks, we bust out laughing for minutes on end and then start up again when we look at each other. The other employees, I feel, might be glad when we leave, being so loud the whole day.
The morning are as rough as ever, everyone barely conscious, dragging themselves into the office in an unbothered pace. Angelica, our supervisor, has enough energy to make the city run though, which is unbeknownst to me.
On Tuesday, I took the day off to go hiking with the club from Ballard, at Red River Gorge. As I type this I am still sore all over my body, especially my neck. Whoo! When I tell you I was unprepared, I gravely underestimated the readiness that was needed for this trip. My first mistake was waking up late and not packing a bag the evening before. In conclusion, it was a total of 9 miles and 20,000 steps. We went on the Double Arch Trial and then went to the Natural Bridge due to the spare time and health heads I was with.
To start this post off, this was a crazy week and you can take it as a positive or negative. We had two speakers, Detective Roberts and Lydia Henshaw, who were such well-rounded people and had so much advice to give us. To speak with Detective Roberts, we all traveled to iHub and Angelica brought us doughnuts. I was the first person there, just watching several people cross the street to smoke, even though it was only 9 in the morning. The detective took awhile to arrive, but everyone was too busy eating Krispy Kreme, I know I was. It was slightly awkward when he asked for any questions and we all just stared at each other because no one knew what to ask. Once the tension broke, we learned that he really doesn’t like his job and feels stuck in between the police and the ghetto. He works on holidays and has seen a lot of grotesque images in his 15 years of policing. Roberts strongly encouraged us to stay on the trending path and study technology in school because it’ll be of great value to not just ourselves, but future employers who’ll choose us over another candidate.
Lydia came around lunch time and joined us for Chinese food. We chatted and got to know her better before we settled ourselves in a more formal environment. She spoke to us about steps to success and due to her list, everything was in order. First show up, which implies that you not only arrive, but to arrive with a strong mentality and physical strength to work and be ambitious. Second, play up, which in layman terms means to challenge yourself and not take the easiest course in life because then you will be prepared for mostly anything.
I have taken the wisdom of the speakers to heart and tired to practice the advice given to me throughout the weekend. But the real tea is that Thursday morning my 6, I repeat 6 pages of code was gone. Poof! Bam! Woosh! Non-existent! Of course this would occur to two weeks before the presentation and none of it was restored, so that meant back to square one.
Two more weeks to go and I realize that school is about to start up again soon. Like I just want to have a break and it actually feel like one, ya know? We went to Level1 and heard Atticus Scott talk to us about her career and hardships. It was really informative in the perspective of the government, no matter where you go, prejudice and hate will follow. But that never stopped Ms. Scott from working hard for the people of Kentucky and raising awareness for things that actually matter. Like the fact that there are several countys that don’t have clean drinking water or fighting for a good education for next generation kids. I admire her a lot for never allowing peoples negativity to consume her, but instead to just wash pass her as she continues to thrive and make history.
So we finally voted on the cubicles and I didn’t even get in second place, which of course is to be expected because I did the bare min, in my eyes. Congrats to Hidea and Jay for their positive vibes in the office!
On the very first day, the only word to describe the morning was awkward. Everyone was trickling in one by one, just staring at each other with sleep still in our eyes. We didn’t start until minutes after the original time they told us to be there, which I didn’t mind at all. The program we were starting on needed all the participants to have their library card and none of us did. So, of course we took a small field trip to the closest public library to go get them. I tried to find a good book to read while we waited for everyone to obtain their card, but sadly wasn’t able to.
Lunch is thirty minutes, an aspect that all schools should take note of and enact, giving us all time to talk and loosen up around each other. I think we played an ice breaker game, but let’s be honest, I don’t know what I had for breakfast this morning (today is: 06/13/19). Treehouse isn’t as bad, so far, but it is getting deeper and more intense, the more videos I watch.
I find technology comes very easy for me and I can figure out the basics of it quickly and efficiently, so I believe I won’t have any major problems. Besides that jinx, the week was pretty amazing with the girls being fun and chill people to connect with and the work isn’t demanding in any way. Wednesday is now my favorite day because the location site company caters food and this week we had…wait for it…Shiraz! Ugh, it was the best. If nothing else works out for me in the future, I’m going to try out being a food critic or blogger, since I’ll be able to make my own website after this summer, hopefully.
As I look back on the second week, I draw up a blank. A lot has happened since then and I can’t seem to recall the events that took place last week. Of course, there was a lot of Treehouse and mini meetings throughout the days of the week. More quotes were put up on the ‘Empowered Funny Quotes Board’, which is mostly quotes from Ty because she stay saying the most interesting things. The girls have been working hard and completing courses faster than the previous selection of girls, which is pretty great.
I left early on Thursday to leave for Florida with the church I attend. The overall trip was awful because they didn’t allow us in the water and the people were unfriendly, to put it mildly. On Wednesday, we had a food truck come by and serve us gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Now that I think about it, the food was worth the wait because it smacked so good.
The catering we had this week was from a Latino restaurant, we ordered tacos and churros, which weren’t very tasty(the churros). After all the information I’ve obtained from Treehouse, I’ve come to really appreciate all the hard work put into all the different websites I visit. For example, Twitter and Netflix have effects on their webpage that are amazing and it makes me really interested in coding after the program is over.