My heart literally skipped a beat when I saw the email! App Academy is one of the most selective software engineering bootcamps in the world, and as such, even acceptance into their bootcamp preparation program caused a surge of adrenaline! Alright, time to calm down.
De-stressing with a meditation session is always nice, or a dance class here and there works too. Sometimes I forget that there’s still a dancer in this coder.
I’ve realized that I’ve created a small “prep bootcamp” for the actual prep classes, but it’s the smartest way to go. I want to show up ready to solidify concepts, and take in new practices and challenges. I don’t want to show up and learn something that could have easily been done at home. In fact, this is the reason many of the top tier coding bootcamps have pre-work requirements. While it’s wonderful to be in a structured environment with peers, one has to have the discipline of being independent and assertive when needed. This carries over to the professional life as well.
During the prep classes, which last for about four weeks – I will do countless code challenges in my off time, preparing for the challenges during the admissions process. I am very excited to begin, and this is definitely a new chapter in my journey as a programmer.