"HNG Internship class of '17" - https://twitter.com/hnginternship
You might be wondering what the title means, well so am i. I just want to talk about my experience during the past couple of days of the HNG internship because it helps me clear my head.
Well if you don't already know, HNG or HNG Internship is an internship program organized by Hotels.ng (HNG) a company based in Nigeria that tries to solve the problem of accommodation by helping you find a hotel here in Nigeria should you need one.
Back to the internship, it started on the first of April 2019.
How it works:
Think of an internship (say at andela), now imagine you don't have to go to work every day and have physical interaction with people instead, you just log in to a slack workspace every day and chat with your fellow interns or mentors, COOL RIGHT?!
... well it depends on who you ask, for me it is great, i don't have to leave my house every morning and go to work (more reasons not to have a life, awesome!), however, it does have its downsides, for instance, electricity in Nigeria isn't stable, one minute its here the next its gone for 12 hrs. don't even get me started on the internet, around here we still rely on dial-up connections from our ISPs PS: (Glo just happens to have the worst internet service I have ever experienced... No hate tho, they happen to offer some of the best bonuses).
This is a general problem and I am sure it affects most people participating in the internship. by extension also my laptop battery doesn't last longer than 12 minutes when not plugged in, so, I had to borrow a laptop from a friend that happens to have a 32-bit os installed (so bye bye docker).
I know its starting to sound like I'm nagging but I am not, I just like to vear off a little from time to time to give a bit of context to my story.
Now to my experience so far with the internship.
It might sound a little strange at first but despite all the troubles I highlighted earlier, I am actually enjoying the internship, let me explain.
You see, the way the internship is organized is such that it pushes me to test my limits, before now I would just sit at home and code, watch tutorials at my pace and make very little progress, but with deadlines coming at me from all directions and terrible internet, I have slowly come to understand and value my time, now i try to make the most out of every second I have.
The internship has also helped me to have a corrected view of my self, before now I used to think very highly of my self and my achievements but now after interacting with lots of people this past couple of days, i have slowly come to realize that its not just about how many languages I can code in, its more about being humble enough to learn from others, and learning to work with people other than yourself and maybe some close friends.
The internship isn't over yet and I do hope I make it to the end, but these are just a few of my thoughts I needed to let out, plus I am a newbie to writing so it is good practice.
I want to use this opportunity to thank Mark Essien for organizing this internship, and my teammates reading this for their time and their help.