I had been flirting with Computer Programming since 2015 but decided to give my ex-lover Accounting a second chance. I liked coding very much but I could not pursue it as a career for reasons that involved my low self-esteem. Accounting should be easier, I thought, at least I already know its foundations.
Lesson: NEVER GO FOR EASY.
It took me two years to turn my back on something *convenient* and I wish I had done it sooner and pursued what I really liked. But it’s okay. I am choosing to see my experiences in those two years as opportunities. I have no room for regrets now and I’m glad that I finally garnered enough motivation to start this journey this year.
It all started in March 2017 when I enrolled in Hackbright’s prep-course where I experienced pair-programming for the first time and created a modified Deal or No Deal game in Python (try it, it’s fun!).
The entire process of solving chunks of coding problems is what I loved the most. I think about solving so much that I even do it in my dreams. I was so motivated and excited to improve my skills and I could not find any reason as to why I should not be a Software Engineer. It only felt natural to join a coding bootcamp after the program.
So, I took the plunge! After spending weeks of deciding where, in the end I took the one that would cost me less without sacrificing the quality of instruction. Plus, I get to keep my day job.
As for the quality of instruction, let’s just say that I can confidently create a simple web application just two weeks in. I have learned so much — from HTML to RoR — considering that we only meet 21 hours a week. Dani, our instructor, is so good at explaining difficult concepts and answering questions we can’t even properly formulate.
In conclusion, I am so happy I made this decision.