18 Sep

Dev Bootcamp Weeks 1-4

Posted by Jenna, Under DevBootcamp

When I was working toward Hackbright I spent  time hunting down blog posts written about the experience. It was very helpful to read about the experiences of others as I worked toward admission, in part because I still had reservations about whether this was the right choice for me. It was those blog posts that helped me feel confident about my path toward a coding bootcamp, and now that I’ve waded into Phase 0 of Dev Bootcamp I’d like to do the same for others who are asking the same questions of themselves and their program of choice.

The City Club, San Francisco
Portra 800, Pentax 645 with an adapted Zeiss 2.0. Taken in the library of The City Club of San Francisco.

In The Why and How on Dev Bootcamp I covered the switch from Hackbright to Dev Bootcamp as my coding-bootcamp-of-choice, but I didn’t talk much about what Dev Bootcamp actually is and what parts of their particular approach are appealing to me. Dev Bootcamp (which I will refer to as DBC for brevity’s sake) claims the title of the first short-term immersive coding bootcamp program. There are hundreds of these bootcamps across the United States now, and as you dive into reviews and anecdotes about them you’ll find a wide range of opinions about their worth and efficacy.  A lot of people think that these bootcamps exist as part of a tech-industry bubble and that this boom of quick-fix “Make $100,000/year With Three Months of Training!” opportunities will pop, and I don’t disagree with them. I made the decision to attend based on two factors though – (A) I’m betting that the bubble doesn’t pop before I graduate and land a job and (B) this $13,000 I just spent will get my foot in the door to companies that would never consider me otherwise. The $500 scholarship I got from DBC just for being a woman is another indication that the market is uber-hot right now for females like me. If I enjoy coding (and I do) I would be a fool to pass this moment up. Read more →

14 Sep

One Quick Take

Posted by Jenna, Under Adventures

YashicaMat 124g, Ektar

Los Angeles, we love you. We’ll be back.

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05 Sep

One Quick Take

Posted by Jenna, Under Poland

BW400cn, Canon AE1, theFINDlab

My sister took some pictures of me with the kids in Poland. I think I’m going to need to take her on all of our Europe trips from now on, for so many reasons.

28 Aug

One Quick Take

Posted by Jenna, Under Adventures

Portra 400, Yashica Mat 124g, theFINDlab

Bonny Doon Beach. AKA, the spot where I stripped down and went naked in public for the first time. My thoughts about the experience can be found on Instagram, @thatwife.

20 Aug

Dust So Thick You Can’t Find Your Shoes

Posted by Jenna, Under Adventures

I forget how dusty Royal City is until I go back during the dry months and watch the dust devils swirl across the fields and into the yard. When my aunt and uncle built a house they designed a special mud room specifically for stripping down the kids and getting them clean without bringing the mess into the rest of the house. Buckets for dirty shoes, a shower, laundry chute to send dust-covered undies straight to the washing machine. My mom could have used a room like that the night I took the kids out at sunset and let them throw dirt at each other. They loved it, and neither of them cried (to my surprise), even when their eyes and nose and mouth were thoroughly coated toward the end. I’m so glad my city kids get to have experiences like this.




Portra 800, Pentax 645, theFINDlab 

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