My first realization of what was really happening came not earlier than a week ago when I finally had the long-long expected interview with Wyncode admission director Diego. Due to a huge 12h time difference we had to reschedule the event quiet a few times, which I am extremely grateful for: first, it gave me some time to sort of get to know my interviewer; second, I didn’t feel as tensed as I remembered myself feeling the very first time I’d sat down by the phone waiting for it to break the silence of a sleeping hutong with its ominous ringing. I was pretty terrified to talk to that god-like, know-everything-about-programming individual from the other side of the planet, even though I had always considered myself a very sociable person. “What if he thinks I am a dummy?” “What if I make a stupid mistake while talking about variables or loops?” “What if….???”- I was stressing too much. And, as it turned out, for no apparent reason! The god-like creature was actually the nicest guy possible with a soft voice and no intension of scrutinizing my knowledge of object-oriented programing whatsoever, the only thing he was interested was…ME! ha! I felt like myself again in no time. I didn’t even notice that an hour had passed since we started talking. It was an extremely intelligent and indulging conversation. I would have carried on for another hour if only we both hadn’t gone hoarse and Diego hadn’t saved himself by having another appointment. After we said our “Good-byes”, I went upstairs( wait, the proper word would be “flew” upstairs) and tried to fall asleep, but my eyes wouldn’t shut, so after half an hour or so, I simply gave in: grabbed my laptop, went downstairs and started learning Ruby on Rails.
The interview: the door that opened a completely new world hidden behind it. I had been learning Java, HTML, Ruby, Swift for a year or so before it. It was more like a hobby, a curiosity, if you ask me. But the hour on the phone with a professional who believes in you, who encourages you and appreciates your abilities is really something! It changed my state of mind from “I like coding” to “I can do coding”.