Marvellous Learning Journey with the General Assembly
To stop everything in my life for a full-time educational program for 12 weeks from 9 AM to 5 PM every day. It's kind of a strange and difficult decision for me in my early 30s especially since I'm a solopreneur or freelancer currently, to be honest.
It was one of the best decisions I've made in my life because I discovered a new way of education that has transformed my mindset completely. It was learning about learning, one of my ironic viewpoints and weird outputs as always. LOL!
General Assembly is a private education organization that is based in New York with branches in various countries. They deliver tech-related courses in an innovative educational method where they combine practical tutoring with industrial training.
I joined the Software Engineering Immersive which is intended to prepare full-stack software developers from zero to hero (to some extent). The lead instructor, Tor Johnson, was a highly qualified professional with a wide business background.
The educational program was project-based without examinations. It's modelled after the concept of boot camp which means: "a type of physical training that consists of many different types of exercise, often done outside." [Cambridge Dictionary]
That journey made me somehow sceptical about traditional academic education, believing more in neo-pedagogy and going far toward what I can call "e-self-relearning" (ChatGPT still can't come out with something like this, LOL!).
Finally, the most important point is I have met great colleagues and instructors with whom I learned, worked, drank coffee and ate doughnuts together, and we laughed a lot (and cried sometimes) for 12 weeks from 9 AM to 5 PM every day.