If you’re thinking about going to a boot camp, it’s important to consider self-care, which may or may not include pizza. Any previous Savvy cohorts who stumbled upon this post may be chuckling to themselves; current students may have just cringed. Everybody else, stick with me. I’ll explain.
Speaking of sticking with it, when I enrolled in Savvy Coders the Director of Operations, Dezerae, told me several times, “Just don’t give up. That’s the most important thing: Just don’t give up.” She pointed out that if we do our part, we’ll have a lot of support here. Just don’t give up! That’s my first suggestion for boot camp self-care. You chose to do this. Do your best.
1. Keep going.
Bootcamps offer a lot of information in a short amount of time. You knew that before you signed up. Keep showing up, keep learning, and over time what you’re learning starts to form a coherent whole as the pieces start to fit together. That happens because YOU did the work, kept asking questions, kept trying. Speaking of asking questions…
2. Ask for help.
Ask at Savvy, and you shall receive. Each time a student has asked for help here, someone has given them the help they needed. The world is happening through a Zoom screen right now, and Savvy is no different. Each evening’s class has an instructor and a teaching assistant. Using Zoom has afforded us the opportunity to pull the TA into a separate Zoom room to get a question answered, get un-stuck, and then rejoin the group. I was that person one time, and when I rejoined, I was one step behind everyone else. One of my classmates sent me a message through Zoom and told me the one step I needed to take to catch up to where everyone else is.
Not only do the instructors, TAs, and Savvy staff have students’ backs, the other students do as well. Everyone here is patient and kind. Every question is valid, and every question you’re wondering about, someone else is probably thinking as well. Asking for help is empowering, and it’s great self-care.
3. Use every resource your bootcamp offers.
Savvy Coders has a Sunday study session for students who need it. I attended this past Sunday for help with the pizza homework, and I’m so glad I did.
Remember earlier when I mentioned people having reactions to pizza? Yeah. There’s pizza homework. It’s so famous Dezerae even warned us ahead of time that it would be hard. It’s intended to challenge students, it’s coding functions, and it’s basically a series of word problems about a pizza place.
Some of us in the current cohort aren’t pizza fans right now. That said, we are huge fans of the TA team here at Savvy Coders who helped us through that homework.
The TAs and instructors have also gathered a multitude of resources for students to use besides the Sunday study session. Resources like repl.it, the MDN Web Docs website, and compilations of helpful files in Savvy’s GitHub repositories all have great information and I learn every time I delve into them. When you see a resource your bootcamp offers, check it out. Take care of yourself by letting your curiosity run wild.