In a previous post, I asked the community, what should I blog about as a new coder in a coding bootcamp. The post with the #discuss tag brought about great discussion and advice on various topics to talk about. One of the most reoccurring was the topic on my experience on learning to code, through a coding bootcamp. So let’s start with the coding bootcamp I’m enrolled.
Different strokes for different folks, and for me bootcamp was the way to go. I had little experience with coding before joining the bootcamp. I’ve written HTML and CSS, but I hadn’t coded in any programming languages, and I knew it would be better for my goals to be able to code as a full stack developer in 6 months time. I choose a coding bootcamp to build my code base foundation quickly, so I could begin my coding journey and career as a full stack developer.
Participating in flatiron school coding bootcamp has taught me things ranging from code, to learning methods, to career options, fellow programmers, resources available, just a whole new world that I had no idea existed, and I’m so happy I’m apart of it now. While most of the journey has definitely been rainbows and unicorns, coding is hard. That statement alone “coding is hard” is something I actually had to say out loud to myself while completing the lessons and labs to progress, to remind myself that “I can do this”. Like a baby learning to walk == me learning to code. The biggest take away so far, I’ve learned how to learn code. Once I’ve completed this bootcamp, I’ll be able to teach myself code in any language a lot quicker than before attending a coding bootcamp.
An awesome benefit of flatiron coding bootcamp in being enrolled in this program, I was assigned an educational coach. The educational coach is a person that doesn’t go over assignments or projects, but instead a support system that you can talk about learning curves with, study methods, daily, weekly, and monthly goals, attending meetups, anything to encourage healthy momentum all the way through. Having an educational coach re-emphasized to me the benefit of not going through this journey alone, and to teach the material I learned to others, because it helps.
I’m 50% done, almost ready to build my first rails project, and I’m so excited. Once I’ve completed this first project, can’t imagine I’ll ever stop building. Haha