Recalling my experience doing Advent of Code for the first time. How being part of a small community of others completing each challenge really motivated me to complete each challenge myself. It was also really amazing being able to look at the solutions from other, more experienced participants and discuss the solutions through Slack. I learned a lot of really useful tricks and insight to going about challenging coding problems and it really helped prepare me for future technical interviews. It was also really great getting to interact with others during the pandemic.