Before joining Codesmith, I had just graduated Binghamton University with a BS in Mathematics and a...
So you think you can code - The Transition from College Computer Science Classes to Codesmith
When I first set out to become a web developer two years after graduating college, I never imagined I would end up in a “bootcamp.” Having gone to one of the most prestigious schools in the country and taking almost enough classes to minor in computer science, I always figured there wasn’t much I could really learn at a bootcamp—I was “too advanced.” However, as I struggled for an entire month to get out of the rabbit hole that is trying to master HTML/CSS, I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to do it on my own, at least not if I wanted to get a job as a web developer within the next decade.
Now the game had completely changed for me. It was one thing to sit through Codecademy and freecodecamp tutorials—waiting for the moment they might actually provide some remotely challenging content—but when I first logged into that slack channel, I felt something I hadn’t felt in years: motivated. I finally found the impetus I needed to push through my doubts about becoming a software developer. More importantly, however, I found joy in helping others push through the CSX problems I had already completed. Something had clearly fallen into place for me, and it felt good.
It didn’t take much more than that to convince me that Codesmith was a place I might want to learn at. What other bootcamp can say they foster a sense of community even before you get in the door? Though I had high hopes for the program, I never could have anticipated the reality. One of the most surprising and unexpected things was the quality of instructors, fellows, and other cohort-mates. I knew Codesmith was selective, but I never would have believed anyone who described the environment they created if I hadn’t experienced it for myself. The extent to which people go out of the way for each other is almost literally unbelievable. As hokey as it sounds, Codesmith feels a lot like home.'
But don’t worry, the reality sinks in eventually, and despite the fact that it may feel like you’re drowning the whole time, you never feel alone. Someone is always right there, waiting to throw you a life jacket.
The second half of the journey promises to be as challenging as the first, only now the stakes are higher. The first six weeks taught us that we could be engineers. Though there was no hand holding involved in reaching this point, something crucial has changed. There are no training wheels for the next half of our journey. The next six weeks will help us define who we want to be as engineers, and it will be on us to learn how to run with it.
Scholarship blog written by Neftali D. from Codesmith LA Cohort 30.