36: Capstone Checkin: Max Allen

36: Capstone Checkin: Max Allen

"Feel free to overcommunicate"

This is the last of the Capstone Checkin Interviews and I have to admit I've been dragging my feet on this one because we talked about a very upsetting period in my own bootcamp journey. No names are mentioned but basically I had strong disagreements with a teammate during our Capstone project and it ended in me leaving the group. While I couldn't get that teammate to talk it out with me on this podcast, Max was part of that group and was kind enough to talk through the experience with me. It's hopefully a rare experience but it is good to reflect on what happens when software engineers passionately disagree about how to work together. Some of the hardest things about coding have nothing to do with code.

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35: Capstone Checkin: Sam Glass

35: Capstone Checkin: Sam Glass

"I feel a sense of loyalty and pride"

I caught up with Sam at the end of his Senior Fellowship to reflect on the entirety of the past 6 months of his time at Fullstack Academy. Sam never fails to deliver the best turns of phrase and I can't do any justice if I summarized his feelings, but they are deep. If you hear some silence in the recording, that's not a mistake, it was just that difficult to put this experience into words. We also turn the tables a bit and Sam interviews me about... interviewing!

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34: Capstone Checkin: Eli Seite

34: Capstone Checkin: Eli Seite

"Part of our job is to pinpoint these people and make sure they're getting the positive feedback they need"

I caught up with Eli at the end of her term as a Junior Fellow at Full Stack. This interview has two parts: first we recap her Capstone, which is a desktop drag and drop developer tool called Synq, and then we cover her experiences as a Fellow and how she's grown since we first met her on Episode 11. We talk about some misconceptions that we have had about the Fellowship and how a past career in recruiting actually prepares you well for a lot of the interpersonal skills needed to do well through the bootcamp.

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33: Capstone Checkin: Rasprit Kaur

33: Capstone Checkin: Rasprit Kaur

"This is my base"

I sat down with Raz a week into her new role as a Fellow at Grace Hopper. This interview has two parts: first we recap her novel (pun intended) Capstone app called Parallel Stories, and then we cover initial impressions turning from student to teacher and how she's grown since we first met her on Episode 9. The bootcamp is getting busier and busier so we actually had to record this in a fairly noisy elevator hallway, but I've done my best to edit out the worst of it.

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32: Capstone Checkin: Philip Fahim

32: Capstone Checkin: Philip Fahim

"Know Your Worth"

I caught up with Philip just as he graduated from his program in Dec 2017. As you heard in Midpoint Checkin on episode 14 he decided to go through Junior Phase of the bootcamp for the second time, and we talk a lot about the differences he saw. In particular, doing Redux for a second time made it a lot easier and he was also able to assume more of a teach-to-learn role, which I talked about last episode. We then go over his award winning Stackathon as well as his Capstone project Marca, and finally discuss the job hunt and Knowing Your Worth.

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