Was it worth it?
A common question I am asked these days is "Chase, you are already so busy, was this school stuff actually worth it? What will it do for you?"
Although at times the workload for this course was pushing me into the wee hours of the night, was frustrating me beyond belief as I tried to digest concepts and syntax, and was sometimes just simply too much for everything else going on, it was WORTH it.
I have always been a learner and I do not plan to stop anytime soon. This course was a structured way to approach that learning. I have found in the past that my appetite to learn can sometimes be larger than my capacity to do it. Ill bounce from my curriculum or topic to another, try to squeeze a book in, try to build a site, spin up a server, and in the end have learned a little about a lot and not enough to matter.
This course was different. It challenged me to keep my focus and because of that I am walking away with a much stronger graspe on the things I learned.
So what now? I will keep doing what I am doing. But now... my hope is to contribute code everywhere I can. My hope is that I will not be crippled by a fear of not knowing enough, but just dive in and contribute. We all have to start somewhere and I'm grateful for what I know through the last year of learning and excited to see it come out in real way. I am pumped!