Fast forward a few months and I have finally decided to attend a coding bootcamp to pursue my goal of becoming a web developer. While going through the options - Flatiron School stood out to me as it was the only one I found offering in-person teaching at the time as well as React as a focal point.
I had seen a few examples of React from templates as well as some demonstrations on YouTube, etc. but it was a totally different experience trying to absorb all of the features and hooks as well as really understanding how to conceptualize what your website and its components should look like. However, after spending a few weeks working through countless examples and tests, I feel like I'm really beginning to break into what makes React so amazing. The organization of components, fetching info from API's with useEffect, understanding state and how to best utilize it to fit your needs - each new feature you learn seems to add another layer of understanding to web development and just how far you can take it.