I’m in!

It’s official! I got accepted into Coding Dojo! It’s actually been a few weeks since I have gotten my results of my application, so I will try and sum everything up in a nutshell…as best as I can.

Actually. I believe it has been a solid month since my interview with the school. I think it was on Feb 6th? Or something. ANYWAY.

Words cannot express how nervous and anxious I was for my upcoming interview, even though it was supposed to just be ‘casual’. I couldn’t even sleep the night before and my heart kept clenching. So yeah the interview time was about 1:30 pm and my interviewer asked casual questions such as…

  • Why do you want to attend this school?
  • What made you get into programming?
  • What was your first programming language?
  • What do you do now(profession)?
  • We have over 100 applications each day for each cohort…what is it about yourself that sticks out? Why should we choose YOU?
  • yadda yadda…

My interviewer really liked me though. He loved the fact that I have been learning how to code since about last fall and already know a couple of languages. He was also thrilled to hear that I already have a Git Hub account and is super active on it. He was also happy to hear that I do exercises on Code Wars just about every day.

“That is the number one thing we advise every student to do DURING our boot camp. But I am so thrilled to hear that you are already getting a head start on this before everyone else. That is amazing.”

And as my friend/mentor/coach, Corey, says:

“That is because no one. NO ONE. Does that shit before attending the program.”

Somewhere around those lines…haha. So yeah, I am super, super, grateful that I reached out to Corey about the idea of attending a coding boot camp. He has always been super helpful and encouraging and I cannot thank him enough for it(especially with his busy lifestyle and all).

But anyways. Like I said. The interviewer told me that it would be WILD–…CRAZY–.. If I were not to be accepted into the program and… by any chance I don’t get in at all–to always feel free to re-apply. After the interview, he sent me an e-mail with the link to the skill assessment I had to take.

The skill assessment was simple. There were 15 questions altogether and was timed. I think I had to finish it within 30 minutes? They were programming questions like…hm. I can’t seem to remember most of them(sorry!). I remember one of them asked me which one out of these programming languages focuses solely on front end. And the last page consists of merely me typing in code and providing answers. I, sadly, do not remember these questions at all. I remember one was reversing a string. Easy-peasy. I was too eager and pressured to finish all of these questions within 30 minutes. And as you can see from my very vague memory…I don’t do so well with finishing up anything in a short time limit. I was just on crunch-time to finish things efficiently, accordingly, and making my code look clean. Oh, and the coding questions were JavaScript based. I’m glad I’m learning Javascript at that time.

After I finished with the skill assessment, I got another e-mail from my interviewer informing me that he will show my application to the higher peers that night for some quick results. That means my application was forwarded before everyone else’s!

Got my results in two days. Boom. Got in!

This is the feeling of accomplishment. When you put so much time. Blood. Sweat. Tears. And much frustration into something and to come out even stronger. I try so hard to make myself stand out and this is the result I have hoped for.

I start school on June 18th. I’m preparing for more frustrations to come, but I know I will learn so much from this amazing experience. There will be tears involved, and much joy. For now, I will learn what I can and most of all, I get to chill. B)


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