I quit my job to do a coding bootcamp.

It’s one of those things you say you’re going to do, but then never do. Well, I did it. A week ago, I put in my resignation, and a week from now, I’ll be starting my first full week at Coding Dojo at the Seattle campus.

I’m only excited and afraid.

I’m afraid that, by the end, I’ll have spent all my money, time, and energy on this bootcamp…with absolutely nothing to show for it. I’ll have left a job that I didn’t hate at all, and I’ll experience regret for thinking I could be so foolhardy.

I feel excited, because I did what I wanted without letting my fear stand in the way. And I think when you do something like that, after not doing it for so long, you realize just how much you were holding yourself back.

Mostly, I’m excited that I’ll never feel regret for having not done this when I knew I wanted to.

I’ve been coding on my own for a while, but I wanted more structure and experience beyond basic scripting. And I wanted an environment where I could devote all my energy to learning. The program itself is 14 weeks long.

There’s about 10–15 hours of pre-work that must be completed by the first day. It’s mostly just going over basic Javascript syntax, and algorithm practice. The course is designed to be accessible to beginners.

It sets your expectations for the bootcamp environment in that you have to be willing to struggle alone in order to learn anything. The algorithm practice is available for anyone to play with.

I’m not a blogger and never have been one. Still, I figured it would be useful to document this life decision in some way. Maybe so I can look back fondly, or maybe just to shake my head at it when I’m older and wiser.

With that being said, I’ll try to update at least weekly. But hopefully, it will be more frequent than that.