I spent a lot of time doing the prework and online code challenge on codewars because I wanted to be prepared. I also attended two hackshow (where students who have just finished the bootcamp present their final projects) prior to starting the course to see what was possible. After both of the hackshows I was so excited to start - it was incredible getting to see what students could build after nine weeks of coding.
I LOVED my time as a student. It was really tough, and some days were tougher than others. Knowing that everyone else in the class was going through the same thing, really made it easier to keep going and having an amazing teaching team helped so much.
During class, there would be a mixture of lessons and exercises. Some exercises would be individual, but most exercises would be paired. Each paired exercise everyone would be assigned to work with someone different. Everyone at Ironhack has a different background so everyone has their own strengths.
As a student, project two was my favourite project. I really enjoyed learning about the backend and how everything linked together. It was interesting to cover the basics of security, learning how data was stored and how to retrieve it.
I started as a TA one week after finishing the course - and imposter system was real. I wasn’t sure where to start helping and wasn’t sure if I would be able to explain concepts. But after three cohorts, I’ve learnt a lot and accepted that it’s ok to not know everything.
I’ve seen so many people go through the Ironhack bootcamp. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it. You get to meet some really cool people who all have different backgrounds and people you normally wouldn’t get to meet. You get to build up a support network from not only the people you learnt with, but with previous students and future students. There is no right way or wrong when when it comes to learning to code, it just takes time, effort and dedication.
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