After speaking with Whitney last month, we wanted to catch up with her again. Just how does Sabio Coding Bootcamp compare to Lambda School one month in?
According to Whitney, other boot camps don't even come close, "Sabio is nothing like Lambda, it's invigorating, has awesome instructors, I'm in a great cohort and I'm still energized to be here."
"Now that we're a month in, we're working on a real-life project with an external stakeholder. I was nervous at first because this is a real company hiring us to make their product, but after the stakeholders presentation I felt much calmer," she says.
"They laid everything out for us in a way that really makes sense. And even when I do get nervous I remember that I just learned how to do all this stuff in the past 8-weeks, so I have all these amazing resources to go back and look at for support. The project we're working on is really cool," Whitney continued. "It's like Airbnb for major events. So say a football game or concert is happening nearby, it would be based on those huge events. More like tailgating, afterparties, you get to book a rideshare, they can book a room, it takes care of everything. This past week we built a back-end which is the database and now we're about to connect it to the front end, it's very exciting."
When asked about her cohort-mates, Whitney could only sing praises, "We are splitting the load equally and helping each other out. Everyone works at their own pace and is there to assist each other when we need it. The stakeholder did such an awesome job at presenting the concept to us so we've been able to manage ourselves really well, but whenever we do have a question, the stakeholders are very easily accessible through the Slack channel."
Through the experience, Whitney has been able to see clearly what she loves about coding, "I went in looking to see which end I would prefer and I think I really like back-end. Starting this program, that was one of my main priorities to figure out. We're full-stack developers so we do both front & back-end, but I just wanted to see which one I enjoy more. So one goal has been checked off the list!"
Another aspect of Sabio that Whitney loves are the 'code talks,' "We do a 15-30 minute presentation on something we've recently learned and now it's about the specific aspect of the project that we're working on. We talk about databases, the history of react, it's really informative. I'm actually doing another one this week that I'm really looking forward to. Believe it or not, but I really enjoy public speaking and it's been awesome getting my cohort's feedback. This stuff is a great practice for what the job interview process is going to be like with the added bonus that no one here is judgmental."
With 41 days left, Whitney says Sabio has already exceeded her expectations, "I really didn't expect to be able to access the instructors the way we have. Like they are THERE. They're answering questions within minutes, sometimes in seconds. I was very surprised because at Lambda we had no access to our instructors at all. You had no time to digest any of the information let alone create a product and there was no one there to help you in the classroom. At Sabio, it's much more intimate and rewarding."
"My excitement for Sabio is still very much there!" Whitney went on, "I thought that maybe it would die out over time, but I do not feel any burnout coming on. I'm still having a great time. I finally don't feel lost among a sea of people. I feel seen, I feel heard."
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