Over the past few years I've had the chance to gain experience in future industries such as circular economy and smart packaging, autonomous driving with a focus on pod-to-human interactions and inclusive design, and the intersection of design and therapeutic treatment. I enjoy the process of understanding user needs and am dedicated to finding the right solutions that are both responsible and desirable. Aside from design and learning to code, I have a passion for cheese, weightlifting, Martin Suter books, and snapping photos of useless things to feed my trashy Instagram.
“ Even though fancy companies and startups no longer separate the design teams from the development teams, but instead combine them into interdisciplinary teams, sometimes the separation is still there. In my opinion, this could be because the two disciplines don't always share the same approach and vocabulary. I would like to understand and use both.”
After quitting my last job during the pandemic, I knew I wanted a change. I had long dreamed of having a job where I could work independently of location. And I was still super interested in coding and thought, why not take the opportunity to expand my skills with something very useful while I was stuck at home anyway? So I started researching different coding bootcamps in Berlin.
“Le Wagons website already radiated a really positive and diverse culture. I loved how many female teachers and people from different countries I saw. After talking to two people, one of whom had attended Le Wagon and the other had attended one of the other bootcamps, it was clear to me that I would choose Le Wagon.”
The best thing about bootcamp is that now that half of bootcamp is over, everything is coming together and makes sense. Things that seemed really complicated in the beginning are now easy to do. I feel like I've finally managed to get into that mindset, and that makes me really happy. And most of what we've done has been really fun. Absolutely challenging, but so rewarding.
Yes, of course I have had some difficulties so far. The amount of knowledge that is pushed into your brain at such a fast pace is insane! I sit in front of my laptop all day. Sometimes I tend to want to solve a problem so badly that I forget to eat, drink, go to the bathroom, or take a lunch break. After days like that, I just feel completely brain dead and sometimes start crying randomly. When that happens, at least I know why: I didn't take care of myself and my health, which is extremely important because this wagon doesn't stop until the end of bootcamp! What helps me is getting up early, doing some yoga, and using a timer during the day to remind me to take breaks. Oh, and maybe next week I should stop being a perfectionist...?
“Interestingly, even though we only see each other through Zoom, I don't feel like I'm home alone because the Zoom campus feature creates groups of four that can talk to each other during the day. Also, we interact with each other a lot during lectures and live codes and talk to our TAs during tickets, even though most of the interaction is focused on coding.”
My batch already started completely remote due to the pandemic. Of course, it's a shame that we can't see each other in person. Interestingly, even though we only see each other through Zoom, I don't feel like I'm home alone because the Zoom campus feature creates groups of four that can talk to each other during the day. Also, we interact with each other a lot during lectures and live codes and talk to our TAs during tickets, even though most of the interaction is focused on coding. I love meeting new people and hanging out after official hours to get to know each other better as a person. That's what I'm missing the most right now. Of course, sometimes there are events where we can talk, but those are also by call and after a full day of calls, it's just not the same as having lunch together, going for a walk, or having a beer after class. However, I really appreciate the efforts of the staff. Zoom campus is a feature that is really well done. Regardless, I hope we can see each other on demo day. That would be great.
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