Why I Decided to Go to a Coding Bootcamp
So I decided to take the plunge and join a coding bootcamp. I caught the coding bug a while back, but it was a hobby and a dream. My time was swallowed up by my role as a mom. Not complaining, I cherish every moment that I was able to spend with my kids. Being a mom has made me see myself and the world in such a different perspective. It’s amazing, and I carry with me a wisdom that is hard to describe. It’s like everything I do not only affects my own children, but sends a ripple out into the world and affects everyone.
And so it began, the quest to learn to code without spending four years at a college somewhere. I already have a Bachelor’s degree. I’m in my forties. I don’t want to spend precious time and money on another degree. I just want to learn to code.
My first step was San Diego Community College Extension. I discovered the Front End Web Developer Certificate through a Meetup that I attended. (P.S. Meetups are great. I landed my first contract as a freelancer through a meetup, and I’ve also met some amazing people).
My next step was to apply for a bootcamp. I researched the local bootcamps and decided for my current life situation, LEARN Academy was the best option for me. I started the application and was surprised that I was able to complete the code challenge in a short amount of time. I had my 15 year-old son look over it before submitting (he’s my secret coding tutor). He gave me a small suggestion for a change and I hit send. I was really nervous because I didn’t want to be rejected. I was ready to take the leap and I needed them to recognize me as a good candidate for their next cohort.