What can I say? Mondays are my Saturdays.
Without anyone at home questioning me, now was definitely my chance to join a meetup for the non-profit all-girl nerdette organization called Girl Develop It (GDI). There are two GDI chapters in my area and I’m actually right smack in the middle of these two cities: San Francisco and San Jose. Though I joined both chapters, I chose San Jose mainly because it was against the rush hour traffic.1
The GDI San Jose study group meets bi-weekly at NextSpace, a coworking community space where tech startups are born and freelancers from home meet up with their clients. I’ve never been in a coworking office before, and always thought that local coffee houses have always been coworking offices to me, but NextSpace is quite cozy (and free coffee too!) and quiet at night too. The study group today may be a small group, but a very organized and, in some ways, close-knit group of very smart and professional women who know exactly what their goals and aims. I was probably the only first-timer of that group then, but they were very down to earth and very welcoming. I found myself fitting in very well, laptop in front of me, and everything.
Now if I only I can finally move forward with my portfolio, then I can finally shoot forward for my true goal, especially starting this year of 2016. These lovely ladies have a variety of knowledge and expertise in getting into the field, and that they also offer mock interviews that would guide us in the way. My parents have kept bugging me if I would ever go in my way to find a new full-time job and not be stuck as a part-time warehouse/fulfillment center associate for the rest of my life. I really need to start somewhere, and I have finally found what I’m looking for in GDI.
GDI has plenty of extracurricular events too, such as a meetup fair that’ll take place next week at the Tech Museum. I would really love to go that night, but then my brother and his fiancee always come and visit on Tuesdays, so I may probably have to miss this event. I’d love to check out other existing meetup groups around the Bay, and see if I can even join them too.4
One thing I have learned from tonight’s experience is that it’s definitely good to go out and share what you do and love to like-minded people whom you can actually meet and speak face to face, rather than just being stuck online. I’m very sure the parents are having a ball on their overseas trip right now, therefore that I should also be having a ball doing something outside the house, or outside my hometown for that matter. Why not?
And then on the other news…
My first Blogcritics book review since my three-year hiatus is finally been published! I still love reading an actual book in my hand but my Kindle has been very good and kind to me and my bedtime reading as of late. Please visit and leave your comments there. I really appreciate it.
On the sidenote...
- Just traveling to San Francisco from the East Bay is just horrible… not to mention the $5 to cross the Oakland Bay Bridge and then taking more time to find (and probably pay again) parking. Of course, I was wrong about that when two car accidents on the same freeway just had to happen on my way there. Luckily I wasn’t quite late, even though I already anticipated that I will be late. ((San Jose is cheaper too. There aren’t nearby free parking around downtown, so it’s $6 for parking right after 6pm. [↩]
- Since GDI is a non-profit group, those classes are not free. [↩]
- It’s because Udemy rocks, yo… [↩]
- I wish East Bay would have something similar as this so it’s a lot closer to my hometown. [↩]