Databases, Servers, React (and an ulcer)

When I last left you my friends, I thought I was going to have less hair from all the stress. I have since changed my mind and would not be surprised if I have an ulcer. There have been quite a few days where I have felt like I wanted to throw up just thinking about what I need to get done.

After learning about databases and getting my database model laid out, we moved onto servers. Servers can be fun, IF you know what you are doing! I was feeling a little overwhelmed with creating the server and connecting a database to it. I started looking for all kinds of extra resources. Books, videos, podcasts, you name it and I was searching for the best way for me to understand all of it.

Just when I think I might actually understand the whole database and server concepts, wham! React get introduced to us. Now I want to make a fort from blankets and hide in there. How am I going to be able to accomplish all of these things? I start doubting if I will be able to any of this, if I will be able to complete my capstone by the end of the program. I start to wonder if I will be any good and if any one will want to hire me.

I voice my concerns privately to an instructor and to Jesse, the man in charge of the program Careers in Code. They both gave me encouraging words and convinced me that I can do this. I am a coder! I decide to start with a server. I watch what seems like thousands of videos and start to get a little confused so I step back and go to where I know I can follow the steps and get my server up and running. I go to the Careers in Code Youtube channel and find the videos that go over creating a server for the very first time. It takes me a little while but, I do it! I get a server running! YAY!

So where have the past few weeks taken me? Well, they have taken me on a rollercoaster ride that is far from over. I have had a lot of ups and downs and even been short with my own family because I have been and still am stressing over my capstone. I have doubted myself more times than I can count or remember. I have accomplished things that I never thought possible. We have roughly 4 weeks left in the program and I am excited and nervous all rolled into one giant ball. Will I get everything done that needs to be done for my capstone? I am going to try my hardest and be persistent and fail at some things but, will that stop me? Not on your life and would you like to know why? It’s because I AM MY OWN HERO!

This truly has been an experience for me but, one of the best in my life so far. Making the decision to change my career path completely and get out of the health care field has been one the best decisions I have made about my career. I absolutely love coding!Until next time, my friends. Tune in for the next crazy adventure of my learning curve in the land of code.

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