My School of Code Bootcamp Experience (4 Part Series)
On the 20th January I joined 23 other eager bootcampers for our first day on the School of Code bootcamp. I had intended on writing a blogpost each week but three weeks have flown by and here we are! I read lots of the SoC blogposts while I was researching the bootcamp and I really liked the format of Jaskaran Sarkaria's weekly blogs, so i'm pinching it!
The last three weeks have been brilliant and intense. I'm starting to get used to feeling the complete frustration of not being able to solve a problem. We had a couple of very hard days during the first two weeks and I was quite hard on myself which didn't help. Having spoken to past bootcampers, my mentor, other developers and my cohort pals, I'm definitely not alone in feeling quite lost sometimes and I'm getting to grips with knowing how to deal with the frustrations. It's important to remember we're still very new to everything and to have faith that things will be sinking in even when it might not feel like it. I am absolutely loving learning with the rest of our cohort. I've found their support invaluable and I've enjoyed helping others when I can. I am absolutely not missing spending my lunchtimes marking books, instead I've been enjoying social time and our daily walks around Digbeth. The School of Code bootcamp certainly has not disappointed at all so far. As well as the learning and code tasks it's been really helpful to have our daily standup recaps(including daily squats!) and we've had some brilliant guest speakers.
I'm happy with how each day is going. I've gotten into a good rhythm with note-taking and coding along as we're taught. I feel like I'd be able to explain what most of the code we've come across does if I was shown it again, however I definitely would not be able to use it all if I was asked to. I'm enjoying our daily Codewar sessions. Most level 8KYU katas are doable although some are still fairly challenging.
I'd like to continue to develop my confidence with JS on the front end. I've been going through notes and codewars at home but I think working on a project would be a better use of my time this week.
Really looking forward to this week. More back end and databases are coming up!