My experience in the Grow with Google Developer Scholarship Challenge
On January 10th, 2018, I received the email I had been hoping to receive. I had applied for the Grow with Google Developer Scholarship Challenge in October, and the suspense was killing me. I had been rejected in 2017 for the Women Techmakers Scholars Program — formerly the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Program. Therefore, I was determined to prove to Google that I was a good choice as a recipient.
As it turned out, I still had to prove myself. Of the 10,000 seats given to the men and women in the Android Intermediate Developer track, a 3-month program — only 1,000 would receive the remaining 6 months in the Udacity Nanodegree program, to which the scholarship provides access, along with tutors, a dedicated Slack group and forum, AMAs, mentors and virtual meetups. It was time to buckle down and study again.
The program, itself, was really fantastic. It was difficult (Android is difficult, especially for those with no coding experience whatsoever.) Some students dropped out, of course. Others had to first work their way through the Android Basics before they could even begin the required coursework. I was fortunate in that I already took a 12 week “bootcamp” and am working as an Android Developer. I am nowhere near skilled enough to teach others as I would like to do some day (and still have a lot to learn myself), so I really needed this curriculum to build my skills.
I was really impressed with the curriculum (the instructors, the support received, and just way the course was laid out with all the important content needed to make a basic application). I did find some of the lessons very complicated (which cannot be helped, as that is the nature of the platform and coding) and I will be doing them over soon.
I have finished the coursework and am now waiting for the deadline of April 11th to pass so that we can be informed of the next steps. I hope I will be granted the privilege of going on to complete the remaining 6 months of the nanodegree, but I know that I have been fortunate to get as far as I have, and I am grateful.
The only thing that Google asked of the students is to make a short video statement answering the question, “What you are most proud of from the past 3 months in the Challenge course?” My answer is below (though I dislike being on camera, its the least I can do.)
Thank you , Google!