I am writing this Post after three weeks of my Piscine. I will give some recommendations how to prepare if you’re one of the preparing sort. I basically didn’t prepare at all and you really don’t need to. But I know that some people like to be prepared. I will add more and more tips and advises. Basically you can’t prepare like you could for an exam in university so just give it a go. You will have a lot of fun if you just jump into the Piscine and learn to swim ;)

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Day 1…. No it’s Day 00

I know you have read some articles about the Piscine already but this Piscine is remote due to Covid. It’s some kind of special. We won’t be in Wolfsburg. I will sit 350km away.

The first day started pretty late as I like to get up early in the morning. We had to participate a zoom meeting at 9.42. A homage to the famous film (you already know which one). I was a bit nervous if my IT systems will work properly but everything went fine so far.

Max (the CEO of the school) and his team welcomed all of…

During the Piscine I met a lot of guys from all kinds of different backgrounds. After a few days I met Zurusch who lives in Wolfsburg near the school. Our backgrounds couldn’t be more different so I decided to have a chat about our experience and compare them.

Who are you?

Z Hey my name is Zurusch. I am 31 years old and I live in Niedersachsen directly in Wolfsburg.

T Hey my name is Tobias and I’m 31 years old. I live in Hessen in the region between Siegen and Gießen.

What did you do before the Piscine?

Z I am self employed and founded my own start up…

Day 25

The final exam

Today was the final exam. It started at 10 pm and last for 8 h. I got up early and took some pictures of my intranet profile. Hendrik and me hosted a study room again at 9 pm but it was just talking about everything to calm down.

We joined a Zoom meeting right before 10 pm. We didn’t know how many exercise we have to do so it just started and tried to do the exercises as fast as possible.

At a certain point I got stuck for like one hour and I took a lunch…

Day 24


This was the last official day where we could work on projects. A lot of peers tried to hand in stuff but there weren’t enough open slots to get evaluated.

I will write a complete summary about my thoughts and about my personal Pros and Cons after this Piscine on the weekend I guess. At that time I won’t know if I or anyone else got accepted so this one won’t be biased. I will continue my daily work on Monday.

During the meeting we spoke about team compositions and how different types of people can affect the result…

Day 23

Only 3 days left..

As servers will shut down on Friday we began to exchange private contacts. I continued working on tasks and rated my Tribe. Guys in my Tribe were really nice. Two of us left on their own sake and that’s totally ok.

We had one camper in our Tribe who never programmed before. She progressed very fast and I was impressed what is possible in just three weeks. You would have never learned that much in university in that amount of time.If you programmed before (like me) your advantage will be gone at some point. Of course…

Day 22

The first time I took a longer break

I continued working on C07 and handed it in early in the morning. I was confident that I will pass it. Guess what happened? Fail… Searching for the bugs was pretty easy. I had one typo and I didn’t read another exercise properly. I caught myself in getting sloppy so I decided to take some time off and go for a ride with my bike.

This was basically my first tour this year and I really missed it during the winter. It was almost 20°C outside. I went for a 35 km…

Day 21

We learn the most by failing

We got evaluated for our Rush and of course we failed it. We got really really great feedback from our evaluator but a buggy code is just wrong. 0 points even if the code was built up well and all the input checks worked.

It was a lot of fun working with the guys on this project so it’s ok for me that we failed. We know how we can improve and basically that’s a big lesson we learned. …

Day 20

End of week three

It’ the end of the third official week. You wanna hear an interim conclusion? Well this has been basically the most fun part of my life when it comes to education and career. I will write a big article after the Piscine has ended.

I got up early and worked a little bit on projects C07 and C08. Exercises getting really tough tho. We met with our Rush group to discuss the day. We merged our files and had a working algorithm. Well almost working. It worked for some cases but not for all. …

Day 19

Rush Rush Rush Rush Rush

It’s Saturday again and we started working on the rush. To be honest I didn’t have a clue how to solve it. We spoke about the topic in our little group of closer friends and figured a lot of things out. Clemens built some models out of Lego. What a great idea!

Lego from Clemens

It’s a pleasure for me to work with all the peers but I really want to highlight Cam, Hendrik, Vincent, Clemens, Zurusch, Sergio, Gabi, Sebastian and Julien. …

Hardware Engineer enjoying the freedom of being self-employed

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