Ian Stewart, February 25, 2016 | 2 min read

The Lost Boy

Personally I hate the term ‘millennials’ to describe young adults because of the negative connotation associated with it, but I do empathize with some of the sentiments of the lost generation. Especially the whole waking up before noon thing (sadly not joking). One of my greatest fears is wasting my life away in a boring job that doesn’t require any type of thought. During my last year of college, I was beginning to feel discontented with the track I had taken and had no immediate goal in mind. Getting two degrees in Business & Anthropology sounds like it would have endless possibilities, but none of it seemed to be a good fit for me. Although I still had interests in my courses, my passion was fleeting and moving towards programming. Unfortunately, I felt like it was too late to explore my other interests in college without digging my grave in debt and attending another three years.

I decided I wanted to take some time off from school to clear my mind and explore my options. I vowed to myself that I would learn everything I could to get me started before I graduated, so that I could find my ideal job. Up to this point I had tried teaching myself some of the basics concepts off and on, binge-watched anything remotely related to programming like Tron, Silicon Valley, and Hackers (one of my guilty pleasures), and even started thinking of new ideas where I could implement my skills. I finally started to see a glimpse of a possible future and it made me all giddy inside.

I had been researching coding bootcamps for a while, since it was the best alternative to getting a CS degree and a lot cheaper. When I stumbled on TTS I was real ecstatic that they were offering a course right away. In fact, the course was starting in less than four days when I decided to test my luck to see if I could attend. To my surprise they were more than accommodating and friendly! They answered my call late in the evening Friday, dealt with my million questions and worries, allowed me to check out the best learning environment ever, and gave me the golden ticket to attend Monday.

I was nervous I would be the youngest and least experienced, but fortunately everyone is really awesome and never made me feel out of place. The class is pretty diverse with a lot of different backgrounds and experience, but that also makes it fascinating! The teachers are awesome and supportive and there’s always something exciting in store for us to get us out there and more comfortable within the industry. Shout outs to all my TTS homies!

Six weeks in and I’m loving it still. In order to pick up what they’re putting down, you have to put in the time and effort to learn. Believe me when I say you will learn about forty new things everyday. You will definitely have way more to learn before you can claim to be a master at coding, that’s for damn sure. Don’t worry though, it eventually gets easier, the more familiar you make yourself with it. I haven’t gotten to that aha! moment where everything just clicks into place effortlessly, but I’ve definitely made some significant progress in this short amount of time. It’s kind of surreal thinking about the fact I’ve made some apps, albeit crude, and can actually call myself a developer!