Last Friday was technically day 2, but I attended the Silicon Slopes Summit, so I wasn’t strictly working from my program of hacking my education, but that’s the beauty of having a flexible schedule. I learned a lot about business and technology, met some really cool people, and got a better understanding of the state of Silicon Slopes.
Today was the second day of hacking my education. It was hard.
I started on my Android development course at 8:30 am and worked almost non-stop until 2:00 pm. Sounds productive, doesn’t it? Yes. And no.
I didn’t produce a lot, but I did learn and I worked to get a firm grasp on concepts before moving on to the next lesson. So far, learning Java has stretched me. It’s been difficult for me to remember all the tricks, apply what I learn from the course I’m taking, and produce something that actually functions. I struggle because I want to make things on my own, but more often than not, I have to revert back to following step-by-step instructions. I have wondered if I’ll ever be proficient in Java or any coding language. But hey, it’s the second day of a long journey, so it doesn’t make sense to freak out. Besides, Stack Overflow will always be there to help me.
On an unrelated note, I had an interesting insight today.
To learn Android development/Java, I use Android Studio, a free software from Google. I downloaded it a few months before I started this semester of hacking my education, but it wouldn’t run on my Windows laptop. I asked someone for advice and they graciously loaned me a MacBook Air.
A few days before Christmas my LG G3 stopped working due to a hardware issue, and I reached out to people I knew asking if they had a spare phone I could use for a few months. Once again, someone generously offered me an iPhone 5.
So, in the period of only a few months, I went from an Android purist to an iPhone and Mac user. Crazy, I know.
Today I was working on the MacBook Air that was loaned to me and I was thinking to myself how big the keyboard felt. I shook my head and laughed, remembering that I used to work on a 14-inch HP laptop with a keyboard big enough to fit a number pad. Later, I went downstairs to grab my decommissioned LG to use as an emulator in Android Studio. Getting used to a 4-inch iPhone, I was surprised by how big the 5.5-inch LG felt in my hand.
We get used to our surroundings, so much so that we can forget anything that is different.
What I once thought was tiny, gradually became normal, and what was once normal, gradually became abnormally large.
Draw your own conclusions.