In the beginning of bootcamp, it felt as if this fast paced learning would never end! For the first month all I could do was sleep. This was the only way I could process all of the information from the day.
As the second month of bootcamp progressed, the corona virus had spread across the states and rumors of going remote started to flood the school. Eventually that became our reality and I was back at home struggling to learn new material in an environment I had kept separate from educational and income based work.
With the constant battle of new challenges I faced, I chose to keep my head down and keep working. I will admit I had my bad days but I kept pushing forward! I had a goal, and a student loan sooooo......yeah.
Now we are in the last month of our Data Science Bootcamp here at Flatiron School, I am currently working on my final project and graduation is set to be on May 29, 2020. It doesn't feel real.
When you are starting something new, imagine yourself as a child. Remember how scared you were to ride your bike without training wheels, or jump in the pool without your floaties? That fear is still with us in adulthood, so be gentle with yourself. It's ok if you do not get things right the first time, you've never done it before!
Know that you will face some challenges along the way, and while you are facing them it will feel like you are getting no where.
Keep pushing, because when you reach the end you will see just how far you have come and that fear that I mentioned before will be replaced with confidence and skill.
My plan for this blog post wasn't to go into detail about my personal journey through the bootcamp. It was more so to acknowledge that I did it, I made it to the end of the program (well, not really I still have my final project but that should be easy).
I wanted to share that, as well as some kind words to encourage anyone thinking of doing a coding bootcamp or embarking on a new journey themselves. Hopefully this reaches someone in need of it. Happy coding, and stay well.