First off, name is Melissa. After graduating high school in 2010, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. So, I attended a local community college. After 2 years and a few switches to my major, I dropped out.
From there, I enrolled into cosmetology school and 9 months later, received my cosmetology license. After about a month in of servicing haircuts and hair color as a hair stylist, I realized hair wasn't for me and so I quit.
I needed to find work quickly because I was 21 and feeling guilty that I didn't have a
"big girl" job. I ended up responding to an add on Craigslist for a receptionist position in an Orthodontic office. A month after feeling like I finally made it, I was promoted to the clinic and was trained as an Orthodontic Assistant. I worked for that office for 7 years. Although I loved my work family and what I did, at 5 years in I started getting the itch to do something different.
I dabbled into the cosmetology side of things again and was certified in Microblading and Lash Extentions. For two years I was an Orthodontic Assistant, a Microblade Artist and a Lash Technician. Then, Covid-19 happened and time stopped.
Monday was filled with many firsts. The first first was driving to the City. I live about an hour away from Claim Academy and have never been to the city alone. A few questions crossed my brain. "What if I get lost?" and "Where do I park?". I ended up reserving a parking spot the night before (online) near the school. GPS took me right where I needed to go and I arrived without any problems. Walking to Claim was pretty neat. I say that because I'm not a
"city girl" and I never realized how beautiful Saint Louis is. Immediately I loved the atmosphere of city life.
After the assembly, we were sent off to our classes to begin learning. First day was pretty light. We learned a bunch of key terms (MongoDB, Frontend, Backend) and acronyms (CRUD, SEO, API, DOM). From there, we installed a few programs (Visual Studio Code, Node.js, git) and signed up on a bunch of websites (GitHub, Dev.to, CodeSandbox).
I've grouped these days together because the rest of the week has been a blur. From learning some Markdown, to learning what GUI is and why it's called the
'gooey' and that the terminal is just a parallel universe of the GUI and what a repository is and how we can use the terminal to push that up onto GitHub are just a few things of the abundance of information that was given to my brain. I'm going to create a list of additional information that has been given to me this week. Some of it is funny in that one day when I look back at this, I will think these things that seemed like so much was only the beginning.
- Shortcuts are amazing.
- ~ is called a Tilda
- If you hover over certain things, you're given the shortcut via a
- rm -fr is super scary.
- Control C saves you when you're stuck in the terminal
- You can have more than 1 terminal open.
- Undefined and Not defined mean different things.
"."has many different meanings.
- mkdir, pwd, ls, cd
- function(), () =>
Although I've learned a lot this week, there is still so much I don't know. But that's what makes this exciting. If you made it this far, thanks for reading and have a great 4th of July!