Coding Bootcamp or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Code

As many of you may know, I recently quit my job of 5+ years to start down the career path of “Software Developer” at Nashville Software School. I can’t explain how difficult yet rewarding it’s been. I’ve learned so much at times it boggles my mind a bit.

A key factor in making the most out of a coding boot camp is “A.B.C.” as our fearless leader constantly tells us. Always Be Coding. After a long day at the fire hydrant of information they have you drink from, coming home and following up on what you learned with related exercises, videos and/or personal projects is a great way to cement all the things you’re learning. I can’t say I’ve done 16 hours everyday, but I’ve definitely put in a great deal of time and effort, and I am really proud of my progress.

The Nashville Developer community is fantastic, by the way. There are meet ups almost nightly, which make finding new contacts, friends, and opportunities so much easier. The fact that everyone is overly welcoming and helpful is such a great feeling.

While at NSS, I also got rather good at Ping Pong, but I soon learned at the Nashville Ping Pong meetup that I still had MUCH to learn. While my multiple defeats were rather humbling, each loss was met with “good game” and/or some spot on pointers for me to try from my friendly opponents.

I have two whole weeks left and I’m so excited to get out there and put everything I’ve learned to use. I feel like I had a longer than usual stay in the NSS coined “Valley of Despair,” but with such a great group of classmates, teachers, and staff helping me along the way, I’ve definitely climbed back up to sea level and am currently looking around for mountains to climb.

I will close this post by asking any of you that may be in need of a Junior Developer in the near future to come check out Cohort 14’s Demo Day at NSS on November 4th. We’ll be showcasing our Front End and Back End Capstones along with other projects we’ve been working on, and would love to have you as a visitor!

graphicsgroupshotCohort 14 Demo Day

November 4, 2016
10am – 3pm

Nashville Software School
500 Interstate Blvd S, Suite 300
Nashville, TN 37210

If you’re interested in what I’ve been up to specifically: