Most of the day was spent working with my Postgres database, writing queries to get information from the database and saving information to the database. I am most thankful that today I was able to meet with one of my mentors. She is amazing! We went over all of the queries I wrote, and then she helped me write several more. We tried the queries out to verify that they worked and, yes, they do.
My mentor is an excellent teacher. She doesn’t do any of the “work” but instead, will ask me questions and help me through the process and then when we are finished, she will ask me “what did you learn” or “explain what you did here” or something similar. It is tough, but I am thankful for it because it helps me to really understand the “why” behind the “what.”
At this point, I have a few more queries to write and a few more pages to update. I now feel much more confident that I can do it. I am so grateful for my mentor, she spent three hours with me today!
Next week at this time, Career Day will be over and I will not be stressed about my project. Both of those outcomes seem so far away given my current place and pace. I did meet with my advisor today to rehearse my career day presentation, and she gave me very helpful guidance. I also practiced it a few times when I got home. I will have another practice session tomorrow, with three staffers, so hopefully I will do much better tomorrow.
Time for bed!