We turned a year older last May 13, 2020 and we decided that the best way to spend our birthday is by celebrating it with the members of our ever-growing family.
For the first time in Eskwelabs’ history, we gathered our alumni from all our programs: Data Science Fellowship, BI SkillsCamp, and Analytics SkillsCourse. We invited members of our Aral-Aral community, too.
We didn’t let physical distance keep us apart—this (totally online) birthday party is an event we will never forget.
Before playing a virtual game of “Bring Me!,” we took time to reminisce about our favorite Eskwelabs memories. Here are the team's favorites:
Angela Chen, Co-Founder & CEO
“I have so many favourite moments - a recent favourite is when a DS Cohort 4 Fellow told me that he moved from Mindanao to Manila just to attend Eskwelabs. Stories like this continue to inspire us.”
Aurelien, Co-founder and COO
“One of my favorite moments is seeing familiar faces and remembering how students that I once interviewed to get into the bootcamp, who I coached as they went through their struggles to learn their materials and all the questions they had about if they would be able to enter the data science industry and then 6 months later they are the ones contacting me on behalf of their new company about interviewing our students to join their data science team.”
“When I was teaching Machine Learning to DS Cohort 1. I thoroughly enjoyed watching as concepts clicked into place and being able to see on Fellows’ faces the moment a technique started to make sense. I loved watching those ‘aha!’ moments.”
Jaja, Operations Manager
“My memorable story with our Fellows is the interviews and coaching sessions I had with some of them. I love it! Knowing their goals and what Eskwelabs can do to change their career paths are the main things that keep me working.”
Gerard, Marketing Associate
“My Favorite memory about the students is seeing how they change throughout the program. I remember them from the shy-types during orientation and becoming Python Overlords during the Demo-Day.”
Bela, Communications Associate
“One of the memories I’m fond of is when I get to take photos of Fellows during their classes or during their shoot for Demo Day! I really feel honored to be able to capture those genuine moments as a reminder of their milestones and in their journey into the data science world.”
Thea, Management Associate
“Although I rarely interact with the Fellows personally, it’s a humbling experience to speak in front of individuals who are more experienced than I am. As someone who monitors feedback results regularly, knowing that you guys are enjoying this whole experience makes my heart full and content.”
Bash, Data Science Education Team Lead
“I am an alumnus of Eskwelabs. As a studen t, I will forever treasure the process of doing my capstone and learning together with my co-Fellows. Collective learning, systems thinking, and being data driven are my key takeaways from the experience.”
Lex, Data Science Education Specialist
“My favorite Eskwelabs memory would be nung studyante pa ako, hackathon day week 4. Di ko makakalimutan because on that day we had the worst hackathon presentations, as a Cohort. As in ang sama lang talaga. We just sat there listening, and presenting our half-baked work and we just knew it was not up to quality. Strangely though, after that experience I feel like mas naging close kami. I guess, tough times really do bring people together.”
Francine, Community Producer
“Getting to know the students, interacting with them, and seeing their passion to learn inspires me—it motivates me to always keep levelling up the ways I can serve these people who are so enthusiastic to develop themselves. My favorite thing about our students is their initiative and grit—they show up even if they are tired or anxious about different things, and once inside the classroom (virtual or physical), they have their serious “work mode” attitude turned on no matter what.”