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Hello, my awesome friends! I am glad to be back, being able to tell you my story about fighting for my dreams and having a brain freeze.
Just an update: I MADE IT TO THE WORKSHOP! But I know it's not gonna be easy, I will just do my best and let God do the rest. Whatever the result is, tomorrow, I will forever be thankful for the experience.
So yeah, I was so ecstatic with my victory but when I saw the link and the task. My brain froze. Here is a screenshot of the challenges that needed to be done on or before the 20th of April:
And then I looked at the ER Diagram. ER means Entity-Relationship. It shows how the elements in the system are connected, or what their relationships are. In the diagram, you will see rectangles as an entity or an object and a diamond or the attribute or properties that define the entity type.
For example, the student is an entity or an object and it has properties like a name, date of birth, gender, age, address, and a student ID number.
The ER diagram will show the process of the system and the behavior of each object and how they are related to each other.
I wasn't really understanding what was going on, I kept on looking at them, and at the same time, I try to remember what I learned in college. I just looked at the tasks for half a day. Just a correction in my previous article, I received the good news about getting into the Pre-workshop round 10:12 AM of April 15 and had a brain freeze for a day, lol.
And on the afternoon of April 16, my brain started to work, finally! And I started to overthink. I looked at the ER diagram, examined how the system worked, and asked myself, "What is missing, wrong, what needs to be changed?". Then, I looked at the website and I got excited. I love designing websites! And I looked at the 3rd task, what do they mean about validations? What triggers?
I was researching so I could learn about validations and stuff. I also reviewed ER diagram concepts. I asked my partner how things should work if this and that happens, etc. Finally, it's like oil has been placed in the wheelwork of my brain, lol. I started thinking critically. My brain also started ticking the timer- it is telling me what needs to be done and I should meet the deadline, no matter what.
I stayed late most of the time so I could study over and over again. I even asked my partner to put the whiteboard in the bedroom so I could start drawing the new design of the system. I then start to see things differently and all the ideas start to appear and I had to put them all in paper so I opened the MS Word so I could document my work.
The FTW ER Diagram showed some hints about what should be done, the website looked too simple, and I had to think about the new fields that the business requires.
I started with the simplest ones- the fields or data that are missing and not relevant in each object or entity and I had to identify what type of data they are.
For example, in the Customer entity, I added a new customer behavior:
A customer has to register so he could be a user of the website but not a customer yet. He can browse what services are available. But he can't do anything like book a service or create a contract, if he has not created an account as a customer.
I also modified the ER diagram reflecting this kind of behavior of the customer.
Let's not make things complicated!
In short, I was able to change the ER diagram, provided a solution according to the business requirements of the clients. Fill in the missing details of the customer on their account like their ID, ID type, and their contact information. I also added a new process to enhance the flow of the registration.
I also used Canva- thank you so much, Canva for making it easier for me to design a webpage- to create a user interface. I didn't want to modify FTW's webpage because it will only confuse me. I had to start from scratch in less than a week! Whew! My mind was racing, my heart was pounding, and my butt was smoking!
To make it short, I met the deadline and I was so proud of myself! I sent the PDF copy of my workflow proposal on 5:00 PM of the 20th. I am thankful that my partner helped me out by taking care of Saoirse. He got so tired after, poor honey.
And then today, I was ready to accept my fate that I failed, just to be surprised with another good news:
Screenshot from my inbox
I never expected that I made it, this is one of my most humbling experience to date. I wanna shout with joy but the battle is not over yet. As you can see, we will have a workshop and then after that, some interviews. There are hundreds or thousands of applicants but they will only get the top 20.
So the kids are going out with my in-laws to do some grocery and I will be left alone so I could focus on the workshop. That is, the kids are able to wake up early tomorrow otherwise, I'll deal with what will happen next.
I am going to sleep after publishing this and I will be absent whole day tomorrow because I have to keep on fighting for my dreams. I promise to catch up with you when my schedule isn't that hectic anymore, char...
Thank you very much for all your support and for taking the time to read my stories. It makes me happy thinking that you wondered where I have been all this time..This is JASGLAYBAM!
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The content is originally mine. The lead image was from Unsplash.com, the second and third images were taken from my inbox.