# The First Week @ Launch Academy & Pivoting the Bootcamped Comic
I’ve survived my first week at Launch Academy.
When asked about my experiences thus far, I’ve replied to friends that “Every day is like solving an intense mind puzzle. I’m engaged, excited, mentally tired, but I want to keep on programming at the end of the day because it’s fun.”
So far, what have I learned? We’ve been diving deep into Ruby and have learned flow control, arrays, methods, hashes, working with CSV and JSON files, compound data structures, and a bit of Git. We’ve created more than a dozen programs. There are always extra challenges to complete, to keep me out of my comfort zone and to keep on learning something.
Sometimes solving a challenge comes easy, and other times it is head-bashingly difficult. When working on the 3rd iteration of the cash register program, I spent two and a half days really tying to understand hashes.
Thanks to our learnings on “how to learn”, I know that I am capable of overcoming these short-term problems. I either seek the solution on my own, with others in my cohort, or with the help of an experience engineer. I always end up being more wiser, more enlightened, and more satisfied with what I am capable of doing with each passing day.
I’ve also made some test programs unrelated to our workshops and challenges, to reinforce my knowledge. I spent half a day converting one of my programs to use methods, to be more familiar with them and to not face problems in the long run when we get into object-oriented programming.
The thing I have enjoyed the most about the learning experience here is that it’s so different than anything I’ve experienced in the past. I’ve always been a hands on person, and had trouble retaining information during long lectures in college. I like to be highly involved in the search for answers and the discovery of knowledge, and the program at Launch Academy rewards me for doing so.
I’ve learned more about programming than my random dabbling in the past decade, and I’m at the point where I can look at other programming languages and see the many similarities between them. I’m excited, and I can’t wait to see what we make next week as we start interacting with the web.
Last week, I mentioned a comic side project that I would be working on during the cohort. I am still going to work on it, however I am scaling it down a bit as I had no idea on the amount of work I was going to experience at Launch.
No site will be launched (yet), but I will be posting my drawings and comics here once a week. I also have been jotting down the many experiences I’ve had, so I have a backlog of material to work through.
I intend to tie this into my future “Breakable Toy” project, so hopefully you all will see something cool towards the end of the cohort.
See you all soon.