If you asked me three years ago where I would be, or what I would be doing, my very last guess would be I willingly be in a coding boot camp. I probably would guess I’d be illustrating a ton of children’s books at this point or doing product design.
All through high school, I tried to become more honed in my skill with HTML/CSS, trying to challenge myself by learning how to make responsive/interactable features on Tumblr, and even playing with the idea of joining a local Hackathon. This continued into college, where I took 2 computer science courses, where my professors saw that I had the patience and also the diligence to problem solve when things didn’t really turn out right. Eventually, after the state shutdown, and my job giving all the employees a three month leave, I had the time and dedication to really dive head first into making a silly interest as a career.
With the help of the handy site of Codecademy and a limited free coding pre boot camp course at Full Stack Academy, I was ready to start applying to real, actual boot camps for software engineering. Months later, I was accepted into Flatiron School. The pre-work brought a hefty case of imposter syndrome and self doubt, however I’m happy I pushed through it. I’m successfully into phase 2 of my cohort, and I can’t believe how much I learned.
Sometimes, making a huge shift in what you’re doing with your life and exploring a ‘silly’ little hobby/interest you have, really pays off.