A Knot of Toads
I just finished my first week as a toad!
I started my internship at Metal Toad on Monday. I had been expecting an October start, but Randi - their wonderfully exuberant Director of People - asked if I could start earlier. So a few weeks earlier than expected, I hopped (get it?) on the Yeon Building elevator and pressed the orange toad button for the 4th floor!
I started by diving into the documentation - getting to know all of the bits and pieces of setting up at workstation at Metal Toad. After spending a few hours doing the process longhand, Cesar let me in on a script that one of the other devs wrote, that installs pretty much everything I’ll ever need.
I also resolved a JIRA ticket, and made my first Git commit on a project! I had some downtime from the first project, so Cesar directed me toward another project that had some front-end work to do. Kyle found me a JIRA ticket that needed front-end work. I used my notes from the project setup with Slavko earlier (thanks, past Angela!) and set up the environment for the new project. I dove into the Sass files to fix some padding issues across a few of the site pages, and then - and this is the real moment of triumph - I committed my changes to the repo without breaking anyone else’s code!
My first week has been such a fantastic experience! I realized that the people who work at Metal Toad are more than just colleagues - they’re a family. They work together, but they also respect each other and want to help everyone succeed. Everyone has work of their own, but they all made time to stop and answer my questions, or to direct me toward the person who could. They have a Slack channel dedicated to shoutouts, and they use it every day. I got a round of applause from the team at my first code review. Day by day, everyone has made a point to introduce themselves to me individually and ask how I’m doing in my first week.
I’m so excited to a part of the Metal Toad family, and I can’t wait to see how the next four months begin to unfold!