ย So you know how people, when theyโ€™re blogging, they have that whole โ€˜Week 1: Hell Weekโ€™ and so going on when theyโ€™re starting something out (like a coding bootcamp)?

Well, given that itโ€™ll be roughly 20 weeks before I enroll in whatever bootcamp I decide to attend, Iโ€™m dubbing this post โ€˜Week โ€“20: As in 20 Weeks Priorโ€™.


Now that weโ€™re past clarifications, hereโ€™s the low down:

  • I wanted to start building stuff for a while now, specifically since early May of last year, the month I first started hearing about bootcamps when my dad showed me this Huffington Post article featuring Dev Bootcamp.
  • Last winter in 2013 I literally did the same thing Iโ€™m doing now and applied to 5 coding bootcamps (Hackbright Academy, HackerYou, Bitmaker Labs, RefactorU, RocketU). I talk a bit more about this brief experience and what ended up happening instead here.
  • So now, this winter again, Iโ€™m starting over my quest/adventure searching for the perfect bootcamp and will hopefully find my treasure this time.
  • I even decided to up my game a bit and am in the process of applying to 7 bootcamps along with a couple of internships as a backup plan.

On Quora, itโ€™s been suggested that bootcamps are for those specifically interested in the web development industry, and that if youโ€™re interested in more advanced theoretical fields, then an undergraduate degree, as well as a Masterโ€™s, no doubt, will be beneficial in the long-run and are therefore still of more value than a bootcamp alone.

Since Iโ€™m in that somewhat sticky situation where I want to start building stuff right now, but am also interested in bio-inspired computing for the long-term, I feel as if a seriously well thought out web development bootcamp in the summer followed by me graduating with a CS degree and then getting my Masterโ€™s seems like a better idea overall. Goals in play – check.


  • Anywhoozies, here is what my thought process this time when applying for bootcamps:
    1. at least 12 weeks (I want my summer to be spent well given that Iโ€™m basically free from May 1 all the way till September 1! I mean, thatโ€™s roughly 16 weeks!!)
    2. JavaScript focused (I never really liked the idea of learning Ruby ever since I first tried it out. Plus, Iโ€™m more familiar with Java and the syntax is similar) or in one case UI/UX focused
    3. awesome reviews (Ah, derp – for obvious reasons.)
    4. awesome hiring rate (Even though Iโ€™m not looking to be hired quite yet, I will be in the near future!!)
  • With that in mind, hereโ€™s where I decided to apply this time along with one stand out thing that made me want to apply to the bootcamp besides already fulfilling the pre-reqs I set in place and also where I am in the admissions process.
  1. Hackreactor (excellent reviews all around with great hiring rate) – interview in January
  2. Fullstack Academy (same as with Hackreactor but on East Coast) – accepted! meeting with founder today!
  3. Makersquare (offers housing) – finishing up 2nd coding challenge
  4. Coding House (housing and coding combined) – finished interviews, no feedback yet
  5. DevLeague (first in Hawaii) – interview next Tuesday!
  6. Coding Dojo (scholarships abound) – accepted!
  7. Designation (UI/UX immersion) – accepted!

  • This is just a general overview of my progress so far – Iโ€™ll be having a separate blog entry for each bootcamp and my personal experience with it including details from the interviews I had. Each bootcamp deserves to be fully reviewed, after all.

Until next time – toodles!

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