Learning to Love the Error Message

April 24, 2015Student Blogs

Over the past few months, I’ve taken a deep dive into software development with Dev Bootcamp. In this time, I’ve learned immense amounts about the technical aspects of writing code. I’ve also learned there are emotional strengths that can be as vital to success in this space as intellectual ones. The process of making software … Read More

Where are they now: An alumni update on Dane Johnson

April 22, 2015Uncategorized

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been helping my former classmates tell the stories of their lives post-Ei. Now, it’s time to turn the proverbial spotlight on myself. How did I design my year at Ei? My goal was to become a more experienced and prolific writer. With this in mind, I was hired by … Read More

The Power of an Introduction

April 22, 2015Student Blogs

This year has had no shortage of new hellos. I’ve done it all: cold emails, requested introductions, brokered new friendships, and been on the receiving end of serious professional generosity. And with each small act of connection, I’ve relearned the importance of a powerful, and personal, introduction. I’m reminded of an experience from a few … Read More

Be More Like MacGyver

April 20, 2015Student Blogs

My dad was a teacher-turned-mechanic for nearly 20 years. He and my mom owned a repair shop and storefront in the small town where I grew up. In the front, they sold gas, treats, and shitty coffee. In the back, my dad worked on farmers’ trucks and the local pastor’s van. When I was tall … Read More

Magic in the Unexpected

April 17, 2015Student Blogs

I’m halfway through my second term at Experience Institute and am still amazed that I’ve been in Paris for the last six weeks. Eight weeks ago, I did not know what this term would be like for me. Opportunities were up in the air, and there were very few clues to predict which ones would … Read More

Where are they now: An alumni update on Joe Burgum

April 15, 2015Uncategorized

At 20 years old, Joe Burgum was the youngest and most clean-shaven student in Ei’s founding class. But what he lacked in years, traditional schooling and facial hair, he made up for with an infectious entrepreneurial spirit and love for community that had already seen him start a community project called Alley Fair and launch … Read More

Ps =(T-D)V/W

April 15, 2015Student Blogs

In aircraft design and analysis, there is an equation called specific excess thrust. This equation describes how fast an aircraft can climb given its current state, making it an important indicator of maneuverability and performance. The equation for specific excess thrust (Ps) is as follows Ps =(T-D)V/W where T is thrust, D is drag, V … Read More

Fighting Where You Are

April 13, 2015Student Blogs

I chose this place. I chose to be here – out west in big sky country. It really is all sky. Laid out in front of you is a blanket of gentle hills freckled with yucca; but the land is so vast it’s only a borderline to all that is blue. It takes my breath … Read More

The Learning is in the Weeds

April 10, 2015Student Blogs

When you start something new, inevitably you reach a point where you get stuck. You don’t know how to approach a problem, you realize the software you’re using doesn’t have a capability you need, or you have a strategy for something that you don’t know how to execute tactically. We’ve all been there. This term … Read More

Where are they now: An alumni update on Carisa Leal

April 7, 2015Uncategorized

At Ei, we urge our students to know themselves (Self-Awareness is a core competency in our curriculum) and then determine how their strengths can meet a need in the world. This week, we catch up with Austin-based Carisa Leal, one of the five students from Ei’s Founding Class, as she is building a career on … Read More