Week Six – The Bootcamp Begins

Week six of my coding challenge is over, and with it comes the end of my first week enrolled in an intensive, part-time ‘foundations’ bootcamp.

After two brief weeks of unemployment, week six also saw me re-enter the workforce and start at a new company, undergoing plenty of training and new experiences during the day before settling down to study JavaScript each night.

All in all, a very busy week – but hopefully all of the effort and stress will pay off well later down the line.

Welcome to (boot)camp

Originally, my foundations bootcamp was supposed to be an in-person one, with 12 hours of classes spread over 3 days each week. Of course, nothing ever goes to plan in a worldwide pandemic, so the classes ended up being moved to a remote, zoom-based system instead. At first, this seemed like it could be problematic (living with a musician can make it hard to concentrate, and our internet drops out constantly), but the transition has been smoother than expected, which is nice.

As for the classes, week one has mostly just covered things that I studied previously on my own, which makes for a nice, relaxed start. Keeping up with discussions about functions, comparisons and data types has been relatively simple, and the homework exercises (ranked from ‘basic’ to ‘nightmare’) have not posed any issue so far (although the ‘nightmare’ level does still take me some time to complete.

The opportunity to ask questions and have your solutions peer-reviewed in realtime has a lot of merit to it, and I’m enjoying the chance to see how several people can use several completely different methods within their code and yet still all get the same result.

I’m not sure how long my comfort with the taught material will continue, but so far, I’m managing to stay a step ahead.

Arranging my schedule

By far, the most difficult part of this week has been working out a schedule for myself. My working hours are fully-packed with meetings, training and appointments, while Tuesday evenings, Thursday evenings and the majority of my Saturdays will be dedicated to class-time.

In between all this, I have to ensure that I complete my homework, find time to keep up my language-learning, eat, shower, and sleep. I’m also meant to find time to relax, which is a little harder than I would like.

However, I’m confident that this schedule (at least for the remaining four weeks of my course) is one that I can keep on top of – even if I might have to spend most of my Sundays sleeping in order to make up for the exhaustion of the rest of the week.

All things considered, I would say that this past week has been a successful one – something that I really hope continues!

Photo by Emma Matthews Digital Content Production on Unsplash

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