I had spent a fair amount of time looking for an internship during Spring quarter of that year. I went to the job fair and sent out my resume to as many places as I could. My resume was still fairly empty, but I still made it look presentable somehow. After lots of waiting and rejection emails, I got a couple of phone calls. My inexperience really showed in the phone interviews, as I didn’t really know what I was talking about (yet). I didn’t know standard interview protocol and being a self proclaimed Java master wasn’t enough (being a Java master in the programming world is like being an Algebra master, it doesn’t mean too much).
So school ended, and I had no internship after trying so hard. I had put a fair amount of eggs into this basket too; I had canceled some Summer plans because I was certain that I would get one. But I was unwilling to concede to a Summer of nothing, so in a moment of self-loathing converted into passion, I wrote up a schedule for myself to follow. Here it is:
0700 – Wake Up / Brush Teeth
0705 – Morning Jog
0800 – Shower
0830 – Devotions and Morning Meditation
0900 – Breakfast
0930 – Clean Up
0945 – Music Time
1200 – Rest Time
1300 – Lunch
1330 – Clean Up
1345 – Programming Time
1700 – Bible Break
1830 – Dinner
After programming time, I would take a break and listen to a sermon on YouTube. I listened to so many that I started considering going into seminary (Bible overload!). Evenings were usually spent doing more exercise in the form of weights. I kept this up for about 2 months. My friends were pretty annoyed with me because I wouldn’t hang out with them during the day. I had to draw a line somewhere. Except for biking with them at night sometimes or hanging out on the weekends, I didn’t spend much of Summer with them during that time period.
On the surface, it would appear that this was a waste of a Summer, but I can actually attribute the job interviews and job offers I got from this decision. A lot of these languages I was not taught nor would I be normally be taught in school. Plus, it was something to talk about during an interview. It showed self-motivation and a thirst for learning. It certainly paid off.
Internship vs. Self-motivated Learning looks like this: