Metis 1-Month Update

1 Month Done! 2 Months To Go...

Metis Journal It has been one month since the start of my experience as a Data Science Fellow at Metis. So to commemorate this joyous occasion, I thought I'd give a short list of the top 5 things I've learned so far to help me get through bootcamp! So here's the list in no particular order:

Number 1: Don't Be Afraid to Look Dumb

XKCD Questions One of the most intimidating parts of being at Metis isn't learning a ridiculous amount of a material in an even more ridiculously short amount of time, but rather it's doing it with a cohort that is incredibly accomplished! It can be intimidating to ask a "stupid" question in front of your class, but it's a necessary risk that you have to take! Learning quickly that nobody is judging you and that most people are equally confused makes it just a little bit easier!

Number 2: Make Friends

XKCD Friendship You're going to be spending a LOT of time with the other members of your cohort! Make an effort to get to know them. Learn from them. Invest in relationships. Who knows, maybe you'll end up starting a company with someone!

Number 3: Take a Break, Sometimes

XKCD Bed Sleep is good. This random paper I googled, says that: "Over more than a century of research has established the fact that sleep benefits the retention of memory." Because we're learning so much, so quicky, sleep is even more important! Burn out is a real thing, and rest definitely lowers the chance of that happening!

Number 4: Have Realistic Expectations

XKCD Code Quality As much as I may want to become an expert in everything that we're learning, that's just not possible. If you try to master everything, then you end up mastering nothing. It's okay to not finish some challenge problem sets, or to skip a guest speaker lecture here and there. It's also okay to leave some things unfinished...

What I Learned Today:
In SQL, you can nest SELECT statements.