I have desided to make a blog post to have all of my planning 10 projects in the same place to make things easier. So I have made three powerpoints that I narrated and uploaded then pinned to the post. I have also included a biblography at the bottom. Enjoy!
Allrighty, so first things first, my indepth for this year will be Coding.
I want to learn how to code. I will be working with Mr. Findley. We will work together one lunch time a week learning how to use some of the different coding languages. As of right now I zero coding knowledge, I do not understand even the fundamentals of coding. It is something my dad studied in college so if I have any problems I could talk to him and there are also lots of tutorials on the internet. I don’t know what my goal is because I don’t understand enough about it to know what is reasonable.
The biggest reason I want to learn how to code is because I think it is one of the most useful skills I could have as an entrepreneur. It has been predicted that coding is the next big career. Anyone with the ability to code will be significantly more qualified for most jobs, especially in the line of work I am looking to get into. While it might not help with whatever business I start up it will certainly open up a lot of doors to possibilities in the future.
I have so many things to learn, I have so many questions that I don’t even know that I have unanswered. I haven’t come up with any specific questions yet other than “How do I code?”. There are questions I have never considered I needed to ask before I started this Study Contract like, “What is a reasonable end product for me to have”
I mainly I want to have a broad scale understanding of the major coding languages. I think it would be interesting to code some small scale games or programs. Or copy some existing games and see if I can do that through coding. My main objective, regardless of how good of a coder I am after I am done in-depth is that I want to have the knowledge to continue learning. I want to be able to teach myself how to code either by using the internet or just fiddling with a coding language.
I want to work once a week at lunch with one of the Info Tech teachers at Gleneagle. I want them to give me ways to learn on my own and to go to them with questions and for advice. There are lots of tutorials online, but there is a lot more to becoming a good coder then looking on the internet and I want my mentor to guide me along that process but not ‘hold my hand’. I think a lot of it will be watching other people’s tutorials online and trial and error on my own time.
I have two goals over the next five months
Become ready am I to continue to learn how to code indefinitely, mostly on my own?
Drastically improve my understanding of coding as a whole?
I am really looking forward to the next five months and I think I will learn a skill that will help me out for the rest of my life!
For this leadership project I got the opportunity to interview Alexi Zawadzki. Alexi is an entrepreneur currently employed as the VP Business Development for Pure Energy Minerals. He studied Water Resources at Wilfrid Laurier University. Alexi has started his own company called Swift Power Corp. It focused on creating a more environmentally friendly alternative to hydroelectricity in BC. Two years later he sold the company for approximately 5 times the amount invested. Alexi’s life has been very heavily focused on making the place he lives a better place, that doesn’t stop at his career.
Outside of work Alexi has been a very strong advocate for biking in the Tri Cities, he was involved with a committee called the Vancouver Cycling Coalition or VACC (Also known as HUB). As Alexi has a strong passion for biking he has dedicated time to making biking a more feasible alternative to driving in the tri cities. Alexi has played a key role in helping the city of Coquitlam improve their cycling infrastructure over the last ten years.
Alexi has also been a soccer coach for the last 7 years for his kid’s teams for ‘Coquitlam Metro Ford Soccer Club’ coaching his son and daughter for last few years. As well as founding a biking club at his sons school, Ranch Park Elementary. All in all Alexi has done his fair share of giving back to the community in several ways making him an impactful leader in the community.
I really enjoyed talking to Alexi, it was interesting to hear about the volunteer work he has done in the community, what I think I took the most out of was his motivation for wanting to help others. While he was talking to me about coaching his soccer teams and working towards setting up the bike routes, it was clear that it was not a chore or task that he had to complete. It was a passion and an activity that he took part in because he enjoyed it.
That idea is something that I try to incorporate into my daily life and I think the community as a whole would benefit from doing the same. Volunteering and helping other people can be super intriguing as long as you do it in an area that you are passionate about. For me that’s cooking, volunteering my time in the cafeteria at lunch. Or the time I spent the last few summers at Pedalheads, teaching kids how to bike. Those are good uses of my free time because I am doing things that interest me, they are things I enjoy doing.
I think there is a looming shadow being cast on volunteer work by people who think that they have to take time out of their day to do things that don’t interest them to help other people. But in fact there will always be something you can find that interests you and plays to your personal strengths and passions.
Another thing that I took out of the interview process with Alexi, as this was the first time I have taken part in an interview, where I was the ‘interviewer’. That was a completely different experience then being the ‘interviewee’ and I felt kind of shaky and awkward in the first couple minutes, blanking out on the questions I was going to ask and not speaking as clearly as I normally do. But I felt myself get more comfortable as the interview went on, I still don’t think I would be totally ready to conduct an interview in a real job situation but at least now I have realised that.
To set up this interview I reached Alexi by phone and he agreed to meet with me, then I googled his name and got a sense of some of the things that I could ask him about. I looked through his linked-in profile that shed some light on the biking component. So I googled his name again with the word “biking” in the search and I found lots of articles where he had been mentioned, as well as lots of information about his role with the VACC. Such as this one.
I am glad I got to shed some light on this community leader and learn a few things about myself throughout this project. Interviewing Alexi was really interesting as he is someone I can relate to as we have some similar interests through biking and soccer. Alexi is also an entrepreneur so that was also really interesting to learn about. Overall I think this was a project that I took something out of as well as getting to know a leader in my community.