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Tips from a coding boot camp graduate

It was early February of this year where I was getting close to giving up in my education. I loved the community aspect of college that people may refer to as the “college experience”, but I wanted more from my education and I wanted to take my own path. In the end I didn’t let school get in the way of my education. A leap of faith took place and I joined Lambda School. It’s a 40/hr full time immersive program that gives you the tools and training you need to launch your new career — from the comfort of your own home. Specifically I chose the Data Science/Machine Learning program.

In the end we covered a wide range of Data Science and Machine Learning topics and I even received my “diploma” after passing all of my assignments and finishing my capstone project.

I’m not here to talk shop though, I’d like to share a few tips if you are considering a change in your career/education and thinking about joining a coding boot camp.

Be ready to change your lifestyle

It’s no surprise that the material is fast paced, but a serious attitude and personal time management skills is essential. It’s important to keep a healthy lifestyle, but one must put the learning over everything else in order to succeed. At Lambda School it’s all remote, so all of my interactions were via webcam and messages via slack. Social life had to be limited, while finding time for any field related meetups. Hobbies had to be found to prevent burnout.

Learn to love learning

Humans are built to learn. At the end of the day learning isn’t just passing a test given to you. It’s about changing the way you think about the world and how it works. Once you make your ambitions your reality, finding your true potential comes naturally. It may seem obvious, but learning can transform yourself in the best possible way. You don’t know what you don’t know.

It’s a marathon not a sprint!

This is not just me quoting Drake or Dr. Phil here, it’s true. Here’s the thing.. Marathons are one of the hardest events of your life. In this case the 6 month program was my marathon. You’re never really done when you’re running a marathon. You may have passed the checkered flag, but in the back of your mind you’re already evaluating what you could have done differently. We think about all of the details we neglected in the lectures, and the silly mistakes we made in the race. The race helps to highlight and bring forward problem areas, and for many it’s impossible not to be motivated when you realize there so much to improve on and gain.

By the end of the program you’ll be proud to laugh at this

Anything worth it is never easy

Marathon’s aren’t easy, actually they are awful at times. The process of loving to learn, having patience, and pushing through dark times have made me resilient in areas of my life I did not expect!

There is more meaning to uncover than what we initially assumed. Committing to a goal is difficult, but seeing progress is something we will never forget or regret.


My name is Brenner Haverlock. Please reach out to me if you’d like to talk Data Science!

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