I’m grateful for everything about Hacker School and this summer.
I’m grateful for the people who made this experience possible. I’m grateful for the programmers who shared their knowledge and welcomed me to share mine. I’m grateful for the friends I made, and the hours I spent in deep concentration, and for the fact that these two things were not mutually exclusive.
I’m grateful for the chance to attend this magical place.
I’m grateful for the community that extends beyond Hacker School and makes the motto, “Never graduate,” a real thing, so I can keep growing and learning and sharing and participating in different ways over time.
I’m grateful for idealism winning out over realism, and making reality more ideal. I’m grateful that my Xcode plugin worked. I’m grateful that I didn’t overthink the idea before starting to try to figure it out. I’m grateful for the help I got from people in and around Hacker School. I’m grateful for brainstorming sessions, the comfy couch to sit on, the amount I’ve learned, and the feeling of being surrounded by lots of motivated, curious people.
I’m grateful for the lovely apartments I had to stay in, the noise of trains over the Manhattan Bridge reminding me that things are always moving and shifting, reminding me to keep pace and keep pushing and change things.
I’m grateful for my roommates and the wonderful experiences I’ve had with them, and I’m grateful that I took the chance to push out of my comfort zone and into the world of adjusting to others. I’m grateful for the occasional privacy that balances out my experiment in living more cooperatively and nomadically.
I’m grateful for the awesome people in my life, and for serendipity.
I’m grateful for my health. I’m grateful for the great food I eat every day and the opportunity to try anything. I’m grateful for New York City and its never-ending options, and I’m grateful for my ability to focus.
I’m grateful for persistence and creativity, which are only good together and have allowed me to do all of this — everything I’ve done for the past few years, leading me to this point of creating and exploring and learning and enjoying the world.
I’m grateful for the tough weeks and the easy weeks and the mistakes and the things done right, and the amazing summer that all these things combined to create. I can feel that I will look back on this summer with utter thankfulness, probably when I’m tired and stressed-out and working hard and struggling to sleep enough. So I thought I’d start now and say