My start date for The Flatiron School is just a month away – October 9th. I’ve dedicated a great deal of time and energy to learning and it’s fantastic to know that all the hard work I’ve been putting in is already starting to pay off.  Looking back a few weeks at the code I was putting together, I can see better and easier ways to do things. I can easily explain concepts that vexed me, which is wholly satisfying.

I have now completed 82 our of the 98 lessons required for me to start classes. The exercises are longer and more complicated than at the beginning, but I will have these done by the end of the week. This means I’ll have another three weeks to review the HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Ruby that I’ve learned, and to work ahead and explore more advanced concepts.

I’ll also be taking some time to explore computer science fundamentals, algorithms and other concepts that I know the classes won’t be exploring quite as much. The better prepared I am, and the farther ahead I am, the easier it’ll be to recovery if I get completely railroaded by a concept that I just can’t wrap my head around.

My other plan for this month is to start a little project of my own or two, like the zombie game that I made, which really helped to hammer in a lot of JavaScript and general programming concepts. To-do lists and Pomdoro clocks seem like pretty typical projects for beginners, and probably where I’ll look to begin.

All in all, I’m feeling ready to really dive into all of this, and I’m incredibly happy to be continuing down the road I’m on.