This is my review of The Grace Hopper Program at Fullstack Academy according to my experience:
The curriculum was fast-paced and challenging but not insurmountable. At times, I felt insecure, doubtful, and overwhelmed, but 17 weeks later I graduated a... Read More
The level of support I received at GH was second to none. After lectures, students put their learning into practice through independent labs or pair programming workshops. Admittedly, I didn't enjoy pair programming at first; it was a foreign concept that brought me considerable anxiety. But with each new workshop, I quickly came to see how much my colleagues wanted me to succeed. I had pair programming partners who were stronger coders yet walked through each step with me, ensuring I understood what we were doing and how parts connected into a whole. I had pair programming partners who were on par with me and high-fived our way into debugging and building small features or apps. I had pair programming partners who had trouble understanding concepts and whom I, in turn, was able to walk through the workshop with, ensuring they understood what we were doing and how parts connected into a whole. You see, the level of support I received turned into support I couldn't help but to pay forward, and that was the unique beauty of our cohort. Everyone wanted everyone to succeed.
We'd spend after-hours on campus, helping each other step through new challenges, not simply telling someone the answer but instead asking pointed questions to help them arrive at their conclusion. We'd come alongside one another (figuratively and quite literally), huddling around the monitors with support. One rockstar in our cohort who had a strong command of the coursework hosted several events to help others comprehend the material as well.
Fellows also surrounded us with support. Though we're assigned one fellow, I felt like the lot of them were championing me and cheering me on. They were always willing to help me, even after a long day of help tickets among all their other responsibilities.
Instructors were spectacular, even going as far as to hosting additional lectures during lunch to help us in areas where we might have been weak. They had great metaphors, demonstrations, live demos, and more. They asked challenging questions during our project code reviews, giving us a taste of what we'd surely experience during interviews. They pushed us but never doubted us. And they were available to run through additional mock technical interviews if we asked.
All in all, I could wax poetic about the camaraderie, the amount of love we truly have for each other (I mean, where else will an entire room stop to applaud and cheer one group's victorious debugging when *everyone* is stressed and racing the clock to get their group projects working??), the Slack channels that are still live and well, and the friendships I've formed. But space is limited. So I'll leave with this: your experience is what you make of it. And our cohort decisively made our experience one of love, respect, friendship, and support. When I landed a job within a month of graduation (thank you, Hiring Day), the responses from my peers blew me away. I'm excited to see where we all end up and I'm certain we're more than equipped to go far because of the training and network of support we received at GH.
Special shout to career services. Yasmin was very helpful during my negotiation process like the rockstar she is. :)