The hours of struggling have finally paid off, I got a web developer job.
I started FreeCodeCamp in March 2017, and since have completed my front end certificate and am currently doing the backend projects for my backend certificate. It only took 7 months. Before then I would just dabble in code, I never buckled down like I did here. I actually was studying Computer Science at my community college before I dropped out.
After I dropped out I really wanted to join the military, I talked to Marine recruiters and went to MEPS multiple times, I ended up deciding not to follow through after one of my friends got kicked out for a medical condition that I have. I didn’t want to have a fraudulent enlistment charge like he did so I decided to come back to what I liked best and that was coding. It was the right decision. Although the military may not even seem relevant to this there is one thing I learned from that tangent that has helped me through this. The most bad ass of bad asses like Navy Seals, Marine Raiders, Army Rangers all have grit. Their commitment to excellence and the will to never give up always gave me some motivation to keep to studying. If they don’t quit even when their lives are on the line in the middle of combat, then I should be able to make it through all the difficult challenges I face when learning.
So all in all, for only 7 months of studying, and no student loan debt, FreeCodeCamp is an awesome way to become a web developer. It’s curriculum is relevant and challenging. Don’t give up. Also when applying for jobs apply to as many as you can. Indeed said I had 67 submitted applications before I got my job.
Good luck to all you guys, don’t give up and feel free to ask me any questions.