Procrastination and a reintroduction to code

Every college student relates to procrastination, some more than others. I know very few students who map out their assignments in a fashion more than “I’ll get to it eventually”. This semester is the first semester I’ve worked while going to school, so I knew I had to make my coursework light. I’m taking three classes plus this internship, all of which aren’t very challenging to me, because I knew I had to gauge myself. I very quickly learned that working 40+ hours a week and going to school full time wasn’t going to work out, especially when I began to fall behind on the internship. I’m still working my way up and trying to compensate for time lost, actually.

At first I thought if I got a planner and wrote down all of my assignments, I would pay more attention to them. However, that planner currently rests on my nightstand, possibly collecting dust. My plan regarding that now is to find some sort of app for my phone that notifies me when assignments are due—one that’s a bit more extensive than ‘reminders’. I’m always going to pay attention to my phone, and if something is yelling at me to do an assignment it’s going to happen. I’ve learned to set aside time for the internship, something other than simply dedicating my day off to it. It’s far easier to get work done in spurts than all at once—watching all of the videos on codes can get exhausting, after all.

Going into the internship I already knew quite a bit about coding. I’ve made websites when I was younger, so CSS and HTML are familiar to me. Now, with the Team Treehouse videos, I’m learning the technicalities behind all of the things I’ve learned—and how extensive CSS can be.  (One example is the fact that I’ve always thought the src in img src meant search, instead of source.) CSS can do far more than I thought it would. Coding as a whole is enjoyable to me, but it’s also incredibly frustrating—I’ve realized this once more as I tried to complete certain challenges on Team Treehouse. Sometimes the questions were a bit too ambiguous, so I would end up coding too much or too little, and it would shut me down. Overall, I’m learning how to be a better coder, a better student, and a better learner as a result of this internship.