Our classes begin at 9:00 in Zurich. We arrive a little earlier to get set up in the classroom and make sure we’ve got all the right tabs open to get started with the lecture. Before class starts we exchange on yesterday’s exercises while grabbing a cup of coffee on the house.
Our Program Manager introduces us to the topic of the week and we start diving deeper into the core fundamentals of the subject. Around 10:00 we take a short break to recharge, sometimes we join the short meditation session to clear up our heads. Then there’s some more concepts and we gain a greater understanding of the topic.
At 12:00 we stop for a short lunch break. We either bring along some food and warm it up in the microwave or when it’s warm enough we go down to the river and enjoy our lunch outside. Being Zurich there’s multiple food options close by and grocery stores around the corner. There’s also the ever-famous running club that you can join for a 5k run over lunch.
At 13:00 we head back to the classroom and get started on exercises to gain more practical skills. We work together with other students to get through problems and ask the teaching assistants for help when we get lost.
The afternoon is long, so whenever we need breaks we can step outside for some fresh air, a coffee refill, or challenge someone to a Ping Pong match. When we’re reenergized we continue working on exercises. The class is very diverse, so some people leave earlier due to other commitments and some of us stay late to finish the afternoons’ challenge.
The evenings vary greatly. On some days we have former students who come to give us a talk about how their experience was, where they’re working now, as well as some advice for our time at SIT Academy. On other days we have companies that come and present to us. At some point during the week there’s a movie night where both classes mix to watch a movie.
Weekends are off, although some of us come to class to review the weeks content and prepare for the following week. But with Saturday and Sunday off, there’s plenty of time left to explore Zurich and the rest of Switzerland, as well as attending tech-related events.
And Fridays, well Fridays are for parties. Beer is on the house!