What were you doing prior to attending RefactorU?
Immediately prior to attending RefactorU, I was a masters student at CU studying opera performance making money by playing gigs (I’m also a professional violinist) and teaching. Before that, my working life was pretty all over the map — I was a public school teacher in Rome, then an administrator at a non-profit youth orchestra, all the while doing whatever performing and recording projects came my way!
What made you decide upon RefactorU — there are several coding bootcamp programs in the Denver/Boulder area?
I have a number of friends who are programmers (many of whom are also musicians), and they found RefactorU without knowing where the bootcamp was! I have been strongly considering really learning to code for a very long time, and when I found out that this bootcamp was not only very highly rated, but very close by, I thought it’d be silly not to apply!
What are three reasons why people should consider RefactorU for coding bootcamp?
All the people in my cohort come from incredibly diverse backgrounds— from English majors to organic farming to engineering. While that could sound like a recipe for difficulty, it is actually one of the greatest assets of the program— you are surrounded by creative thinkers whose strengths and weaknesses are sometimes the inverse of your own, so it leads to excellent discussions and a generally helpful and convivial atmosphere. Without exception, everyone I’ve come into contact with is enthusiastic, helpful, and excited to learn.
The instruction is also absolutely top-notch. The instructors make themselves very approachable, and have a way of presenting the material that is straightforward and (dare I say it) fun!
How do you hope to/plan to apply your web developer skills?
I’m still deciding exactly how I’d like to apply the skills I’ll have by the end of the bootcamp. I am very interested in making software to help classical singers learn music on their own before lessons, coachings, and rehearsals. However, I also really enjoy the front-end design aspect of websites, and could see myself being very happy working in a dev shop as a front-end designer!
What do you like to do for fun?
I love hiking, eating good food, and sampling excellent whisky!
Do you have any words of advice or suggestions for folks considering a coding bootcamp?
I am so glad that I took the step to apply for this program, and that I am here learning what I’m learning. I have wanted to learn how to code for a very long time, and waffled over how to go about doing it, and how it could possibly fit into my busy life. Enrolling in a bootcamp is an excellent way to learn a highly marketable skill set in a fairly short amount of time. It’s the immersion factor of the program makes the sharp learning curve not feel quite so insurmountable!
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