What do you do when you still haven’t learned to code after a month at it?

Cry? That’s what I did… in addition to writing a random note to some guy in Pakistan that is. “You were the first search result for ‘Software Engineer’ on my facebook. I could use some advice.” 23 minutes later and there’s no response from Zubair. He’s probably out climbing a mountain, an Erebor of some sorts.

What do you do though, when you’ve downloaded gigs worth of video and a million textbooks but the dragon still holds a tight grip on your mind? “Just write something. You need to do it every day… Eat, Sleep, Code!” That’s what Gontse keeps saying. Where do you start though? Get up and ask someone, yes? It just feels like you never left the Shire, that you are miles away from this battle everyone is fighting.

Tomorrow you write your first exam. “Winter is here!” Are you ready?

Like Thorin, struck by Dragon Sickness, it will take strength and courage from within to win this battle not against Orcs, Ogres, and Trolls, but against pride, ego and fear. Always remember why you are doing this, and never forget that the battle is never yours alone.

We Think Code is centered on the peer-to-peer learning model. The two-way learning process is mutually beneficial and involves the sharing of knowledge, ideas and experience. It is here where students develop skills in organizing and planning their learning activities, working collaboratively with others, giving and receiving feedback and evaluating their own progress.

“You can trust us to stick to you, through thick and thin – to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours – closer than you keep it yourself. But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word. We are your friends, Frodo.”

And it is with the fellowship of these friends that we will make it through the winter.

Tumelo Motaung

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