Imagine if baking could only be accomplished one step at a time: The Parisian boulangère turns the oven on, sits, twiddles her thumbs while the oven pre-heats, then, once the oven reaches the appropriate temperature, she pulls out the butter from the freezer, then again sit, twiddling as she waits for it to thaw, and then, only at the moment it has reached the requisite pliable-but-firm consistency, does she begin assembling the flour and other the dry ingredients that go into her croissant dough. Quelle tragédie!


My experience as a software engineering student at Flatiron is reminiscent of my 14 years of math class in grade school. It’s not the material that’s similar. It’s the method of teaching. We dive into each a new topic by exploring the “why” of it all — and then work to understand the processes underneath the trunk by learning the arduous manual approach to solving the problem. Only once we have mastered that understanding does the teacher disclose the simple, much more streamline process, flipping the truck closed to expedite things along. Don’t we all love that moment! …

Susana Vik

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