Hello, world. My name is Marisa and I am an ex-student of Ironhack’s part-time course. Less relevant, but just as important to share, I’m also the Program Manager at Ironhack’s Miami campus.
You see, one of the perks of working at Ironhack is that you get to take the courses for free. So, in January, I embarked on what I then thought would be my life-changing entrance into the world of code. As is probably obvious from the title, I didn’t last very long.
(That’s me! On the top left! Before dropping the course…)
These are things that everyone on the Ironhack team will tell you, but that no one likes to believe:
Though I could cite a variety of factors that led me to dropping the course (I was distracted by moving into a new apartment, I had to miss class often to host Ironhack events, etc.), the reason I’m least likely to admit is this: I was not willing to put in the work.
Though the part-time course is hard, I know now more than ever that if this is something you want and you’re willing to put in the work, it’s well worth it. I’ll put it in perspective:
Beyond not being able to code my own web apps, I’ve also missed opportunities to manage new tech projects. Because learning to code isn’t just about becoming a software developer; it’s about keeping up in this new world in which elementary school students are learning to code, and machines are replacing mundane human tasks. It’s about being a smarter entrepreneur and a better manager. (To learn more on this topic, read Ariel’s post in Entrepreneur Magazine.)
Needless to say, I regret dropping the course. So, May 30th, I’ll return to the course with renewed commitment to learning to code, and this time, I’m going to give it my all.
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