Constant Variables & Humbling Founders
Today we received the Facebook for Access Code's iOS cohort 3.2, a PDF with our selfies and photos as well as mini-bios describing why we were interested in Access Code plus two "fun facts" about ourselves.
I was surprised at what a relief it was to look upon the faces and read the silly, random, serious, interesting facts of my fellow... cohorters? Cohortees? Someone's from Tibet. Someone likes chess. Someone else is passionate about politics. This person is the middle child of a large family.
Having a chance to put some constants (names) with some variables (faces) removes some of the fear of the unknown and some of the loneliness; few people in my life understand what I'm doing (e.g., what a dev bootcamp is, what software development is), though everyone's been supportive. It's nice to know who's going through something similar.
It's strange to look at these faces and names that are so fresh and new and to know that by the time we graduate they will probably be, if not dear friends, familiar co-workers. You wonder who the class clown will be, who the rockstar programmer will be, the Still Waters Run Deep Type, the Instigator, the Rebel Who Defies These Silly Labels.
I spent much of the week between finding out I'd been accepted to Access Code and now worrying about it in a vague, abstract sense. It was a constant in the background, like radio interference between stations. Seeing these names and faces, it's all starting to feel real, more signal than noise at last. Part of that is knowing a few of these people are probably glancing over my picture (a selfie taken at Dunkin Donuts, natch) and skimming my mini-bio, wondering who I'll be to them. Only one person in my cohort was also in the workshop with me (as far as I know), so with that exception, our poring over the 3.2 Facebook is one of our first shared experience of Access Code as a cohort.
I also peeked at the "Facebook" (aka "About Us" section on the C4Q website) of the founders, support team, and instructors at C4Q and Access Code and holy crap, these people are qualified. It's quite humbling. I mean, read the bio of the C4Q co-founders (Jukay and David) and tell me you're not a little awestruck. It's enough to make an art school dropout a bit nervous. Luckily, the guy who I think will be the iOS teacher must be a comics fan as he developed an app for reading webcomics, so at least we'll have something to chat about.
While it's intimidating to read about all the people and the work that goes into making C4Q and Access Code a success, it also makes me realize what an honor it is that these people think I'm worth teaching and that they have my back as I take on this learning challenge. It means a lot.
Maybe I belong here.