why learning how to program and why Launch School?
I want to be completely honest here. For me it was simply about the money (at the early stage). I needed a job that would not require me to go to work at 8am in the morning and come home at 12 o'clock at night. I needed a job that would not call me even on my day off to go to work when I was spending time with my family. I needed a job that would pay me enough to afford a decent health insurance so that I would not have to wait every three years to do a annual check up. And the list goes on. So I started looking, the more I looked the more frustrated I got. For a guy in his late 20s, while in college, studying mathematic and physics, the chance of me getting everything I mentioned in my bucket list was very slim. Then I was seeing some ads about some coding bootcamps that made bold promises of guaranteeing students a 6 figure-income jobs after graduating from the program. I was completed intrigued by that kind of promise and it was very tempting to me personally. So I studied hard, day and night, trying to get into the program. The first time around I FAILED, failed miserably. I did not even pass the first coding challenge. Then there was second time, I failed again. But there was some progress, I breezed through the first coding challenge and failed the second one. Still at that time, I did not think that the program was not for me. I was just thinking that maybe I was not working hard enough. So I worked harder. I put in more hours learning how to code, learning how to do code challenges. Then the third time around, I was conditionally accepted to the program. On one hand, I was pretty happy with the outcome from all of the hard work I put into this endeavor, but on the other hand, I was like, WTF is “conditionally accepted”. Anyhow, I decided to move forward with whatever that was, and started another round of training that was laid out by the school. After a little digging around, I had a chance to see who else were also “conditionally accepted” to the program, then the reality hit me. Majority of people who got accepted to the program at this stage were either Ivy League graduates or people who have graduated from schools that are renowned for their engineering and science program. I was very confused. Why in the world did they have to apply to such a program that makes people think that it is ok not to have a degree in CS and we got your back, and then they get all of CS or engineering graduates in the country to polish them and then make the world believe they are the one that is turning people’s life around. I started seeing more and more “BS”. And of course, I did not get picked for reasons they can only justify themselves. (I thought I finished my final coding interview pretty well, and I was even taken to the second round after that to answer some non-coding questions: describe something I do for fun to a person that have never heard or seen anything I was supposed to describe. then I was rejected after that. (what a load of …..)). That was that. It was a disappointing experience for me, but I learned something far more important than just getting into a coding bootcamp. I learned something about myself. I am capable of learning how to program, PERIOD. I enjoy solving challenging problems, I enjoy building stuff no matter how hard the challenge might be. AND most importantly, I learned that I don’t need a program like that for me to accomplish all of the things in my bucket-list. That is a fact.
Why Launch School?