TL;DR This program literally changed my life. The education that I received and the friends that I made are outstanding. If you're considering applying to coding bootcamps, or you've already been accepted and you're choosing between multiple options, choose App Academy.
Top 4 Reasons to Choose App Academy:
1. App Academy stands out among its coding bootcamp competitors in terms of quality of student and rigor of instruction.
2. App Academy is not for the faint of heart or fuzzy of mind. They set the bar high, keep the pace fast, and you will benefit from that.
3. App Academy will, in fact, adequately prepare you for a job in web development.
4. App Academy will be there for you long after you've left the classroom.
Let me start by saying that the core team behind App Academy is full of amazing people. Ned Ruggeri, co-founder of App Academy, is a literal genius and worked as a software engineer for several years before starting this bootcamp. Kush Patel, the other co-founder of App Academy, has background is in finance and generally being a rock-solid businessman. Simon Chaffetz, the Director of Operations, is a brilliant networker and knows, without a doubt, how to get you (yes, _you_) a job. Each one of the App Academy instructors was a top student in his or her App Academy cohort. Together, they have created a deep, challenging, and comprehensive web development curriculum, and together, they will see you thorough to your first job as a software developer.
There's a lot of variability in the quality of education at different coding bootcamps, but I think that what it really comes down to is the _students_. App Academy has a 7% acceptance rate-- smaller than MIT or CalTech. That means that when you walk into class every day, you are standing in a room of incredibly bright people. The conversations you will have, the challenges you will face, and the projects you will build are like nothing you have experienced before. Prepare to feel a little dumb. "Dumb" is the word used to characterize the feeling of new ideas bombarding one's brain. You WANT to feel dumb, because that means you're learning. And nothing will push you to learn quite like the urge to keep up with the superstars that are your classmates at App Academy.
This will, in fact, be enough to get you a job. App Academy selects for brilliant problem-solvers, and it fills their heads with practical knowledge about web development tools, data structures, algorithms, and interview prep. All the while, those same highly intelligent, driven students are forming bonds with each other that will last long beyond graduation day. App Academy gives you a personal and professional network that business school grads would envy.
In conclusion, if you're thinking of steering your career towards software development, I would highly recommend applying to App Academy. And if you happen to be one of the bright, driven self-starters lucky enough to be accepted to App Academy, you should definitely go.
Why take my word for it? Who the heck do I think I am, writing this giant essay? Well, if you've read this far, you deserve a treat! But alas, my story isn't very sexy. I did not go from flipping burgers to writing code. I have a master's degree in cognitive science, and I worked as a user experience researcher for a bit. Throughout grad school and my work in UX research, I wrote software for my experiments and data analysis. When I decided that I wanted a more direct role in building a product, I applied to App Academy. On graduation day, I signed the employment contract for a great job that I love writing software for a crazy little company called Tubular Labs. My name is Maggie Moreno, and I'm highly Googleable. If you still have doubts or just want to know more about me, App Academy, or coding bootcamps in general, head over to my website (missmaggiemo.com) and ping me.