I’ve restarted this blog as I mean to stick through it during school, even if it’s just to keep track of what topics I’ve covered, but I also want to put something out there about the experience in changing my career, so I really do have to keep this up.
A lot has happened since I last wrote, I’ve been sick twice (still getting over the second time). I also got accepted into the Immersive Web Dev program at Flatiron School (yay!), and I’m going to go even more in debt ):. That last part really can’t be helped as the course is $15,000 and I don’t have that kind of money stuffed in a mattress. However, we will put the money on some credit cards and pay it off as the we have 0% introductory APRs on a couple of credit cards, and we may also end up taking a personal loan. My better half and soulmate is supporting me through my career transition, so I’m very lucky in that regard. I will have to bow out of the Learn Verified program and see about applying my deposit from there towards the Immersive program instead.
With regards to my school, I had to reschedule my interview once as I was still sick the first time around and had developed a rather large cold sore on my mouth. By the time the interview came around, it had shrunk and was at least scabby and in better shape than the week before. I thought I did terribly on my interview. I was asked a few questions, knew I screwed up a bit on my code and suddenly the interview was over. I got pretty upset as I spent the morning reviewing all of my labs and I felt I did the best that I could, and somehow still the interview went badly. The interviewer said that I should receive a response by early next week (the interview took place on a Wednesday). On Thursday of the same week, I got accepted. I was so grateful that I didn’t have to worry for several more days and could just concentrate on completing the pre-work and practicing coding.
I start my class in September as I was going away for a few days in August and I didn’t want to fall too far behind. Until then, I’m going to go through some additional online resources to keep practicing and maybe see if I can get into some app dev work as well.
Online coding resources:
- CodeCademy has some free content and courses
- Udemy has some free and low-priced courses
- Wild Academy on YouTube has some great videos on Ruby and covers other topics as well
- App Academy Practice Problems
- Why’s (Poignant) Guide to Ruby
- Ruby Programming Video by Derek Banas on Youtube
- The Odin Project is a free resource to help beginner coders
- Ruby tutorials on ManWithCode
- Project Euler website with many problems that can be solved with code
- AppCoda has free tutorials for iOS coding