Haven’t updated in a while. It’s just that things aren’t going as planned in Dallas.
So, I have narrowed my bootcamps down to three: Hack Reactor in San Francisco and Epicodus in Portland, Oregon and possibly Coding Dojo in Mountain View (although I wouldn’t mind going to their Seattle branch). I know that Hack Reactor is tough to get in but I have to try at least. It just seems that those that are accepted are of the wunderkind types: Ivy League schools or coming from prominent occupations. Which makes me wonder: why are they coming to Hack Reactor?
If I can’t get into Hack Reactor, Epicodus seems like the next logical choice. Immersive but in a relaxed environment. Mr. Kaiser-Nyman (the found and instructor) teaches the technologies I want to learn as well. Let’s not forget location. I want to work in a city where I can appreciate the culture that I live in as well. Portland seems like my kind of place.
I made my decision on these camps for a couple of reasons. First, I don’t want to be in a camp that’s in it to make money and consequently have many students in multiple branches in major cities that drives the student-to-instructor ratio up and degrades the teaching quality. Second, location is important to me. I don’t have anything against NYC, Boston, and Chicago but those aren’t cities I want to live and work in. Third, which camps will set me up for success after graduation? I have researched online and found that the camps I thought I would apply to have recruiters stating that they interviewed a graduate and found their skills to be lacking. That’s a negative indicator for me.
So for me, it’s going to be Hack Reactor, Epicodus and Coding Dojo. I hope it all works well within the coming months.