I did this program for three months in the fall of 2017 during my gap year. I didn’t know much about coding when I started, but wanted to learn something new and useful without the school pressure and as a bonus explore my favorite city. This program gave me all of this and more!
There’s so many things I love about this program. First of all the team is super friendly and helpful. Everyone is really passionate about what they’re working with which is really motivating and inspiring.
New York has a lot of cool tech events every week, where you can go in the evening to learn about interesting topics (and often get free food). One of the highlights from the program was a tour at Google, with a friend of Nicole (working as a software engineer at Google) as our tour guide.
Then there’s the coding part. There are so many reasons why I will recommend everyone to learn to code. First of all there are a lot of job opportunities and it will look good on your resume. But the reason I loved it, is because while doing it you’re also learning logical thinking and problem solving, which you can apply in your everyday life.
The program is different from many other coding programs, because you have a lot of freedom and flexibility. You get to learn in your own pace and in a lot more independent way than what I was used to from school, where the teaching method was a lot more traditional. This requires that you are proactive and take responsibility for your own learning. You need to be patient, do your best and most importantly believe in yourself and don’t give up when it gets hard.