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Journey of DevBootcamp

Well, when I was freshman in college, I began to be aware of building websites, because I needed a website for my e-commerce business back then. I guess that’s where I started getting to know about WordPress, CMS, etc. There were so much going on during my college life, so let me skip thousands of words here.

To be honest, I knew I wouldn’t be able to get a great job right after I graduated. Why? Ask yourself? How much capital can you generate for a business? What can you provide for a company? Besides from “detail-oriented, confident, blah blah blah,” these kind of vague words, I guess people who don’t graduate from top tier schools cannot think of anything. However, I had to get a job after I graduated.

Back then, I thought that I needed to get a job first, because if I really want to start my business, I need capital. Where will my first capital come from? My job.

I got a job where its culture that I didn’t fit into, where I didn’t see any career advancement I can make. Thus, I made courage to quit my job in October. Else, I would never get out from the comfort zone.

After resigning my job, the days were a little bit stressful but I enjoyed it a lot. Why it would be a little bit stressful? I tried to apply for several bootcamps. However, you wouldn’t be able to join them until four months later. That was a little bit crazy for me to do it. I first applied for a JS bootcamp, because JS was the language that I had some experience. Before applying for the JS bootcamp, I went over a lot of exercises that I never done before. In the past, because there was no motivation. I learned coding very passively. I watched a lot of online tutorials in the past five years, but I barely wrote coding by myself, except HTML&CSS. That’s why I wasted five years of time to learn coding. So then, I took a week to do JS practices. I got accepted by the JS bootcamp, but I couldn’t go to school until February, which was more than three months away.

I also did research for other bootcamps. However, a lot of them were with vague curriculum. App academy and DBC are with highest reputation from what I researched. Thus, I began to study Ruby in order to pass the interviews. It was a shame that I failed App academy’s last round of interviews. I was so desperate on that day. Then, I flipped over my email, I spotted DBC contacted me for setting up an interview in mid of October, which was one month ago. Since I have no further option, I set up DBC’s interview the next day at 6AM. yes, it was 6AM, because I am living in West Coast.

There I started the journey of DBC. I got accepted in the cohort on the date that which was already started two days. But fortunately, I made a quick decision. Because I noticed that three days after I joined the program, the next cohort was full as well. How scary that was!!! Because if I were unable to join the recent two cohorts, I will not be able to go to school until March or April!!! My parents must complain me not going to school or not going to work!!! Anyways, I made it!

Even though I didn’t attend App Academy, I believe most of the stuff are the same. I did all the exercises that AA required, so I don’t feel any challenges while I am doing DBC’s first phase. The difference between AA and DBC is that AA required you to prepare and learn all the basics by yourself. Yet DBC will accept you if you have positive attitude, and let you learn all the basics through Phrase 0.

Besides from doing pair programing and GPS with classmates every week, I just need around 3 ~ 5 hours to finish my homework @ DBC.

I don’t want to just pull away my JS knowledge, so most of my time is actually learning Javascript by myself. I hope to learn most JS before DBC’s phrase 1 start, which will be Feb 2nd, 2015. I followed JavascriptIsSexy’s road map to learn Javascript properly. Meanwhile, I subscribed Code School as a supplement. Tomorrow, I will attend my first meetup @ Woman Who Code .

Well, I guess I need to stop here. Will catch up with you guys soon.

Best,
Yumiko