The Things I Didn’t Expect to Learn from Coding Bootcamp

Last summer I took a big risk and decided to dive into a full-time software engineering program at the Flatiron School. I had been interested in web development for a while but had very little experience with actual coding. I had saved up enough money to be able to leave my yoga teaching and non-profit jobs behind to embark fully on this five-month journey.

Five months later, I can whole-heartedly say that it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It was incredibly challenging and I was forced to push myself harder than I ever have, but with that came an illuminating experience of self-empowerment. Besides gaining the skills and knowledge to confidently navigate five different programming languages, there were a handful of personal lessons that I learned while in coding bootcamp.

If you’re considering applying for a bootcamp and living off of beans and rice for five months in order to pay for it, do it. In addition to being an incredible way to shift your career path and discover something you love doing, bootcamp will provide you an experience of self-growth unlike any other.


‘Belief Perspective’

The Ability to Learn From Anyone and Everyone


I’m so grateful for all the skills I learned in my time at coding bootcamp, but especially thankful that I was fortunate enough to have such a transformative personal experience.

Originally published at on February 8, 2021.

Full Stack Software Engineer passionate about coding, intersectional environmentalism, and pho.

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