3. Had you considered other coding schools? What made you choose Alchemy over the others if so?
Well I knew I wanted to go to a full-time in-person program because I learn better onsite than online. I just missed the cut off for one bootcamp and knew I didn’t want to wait another three months for the next course, so it was between Alchemy and one other one. What really sold me was going to Alchemy and meeting Megan.
I had a meeting scheduled for 15 minutes and I ended up spending 45 minutes there. I explained that I was new to searching for bootcamps and Megan took the time to diplomatically (seriously, she didn’t talk down any competing bootcamp) on what to look for and how to prioritize what was important to me. I was living in Salem at the time, so I asked about the commute and she introduced me to two other brave souls who were commuting on the train to get to school every day. I felt cared about and cared for before I even applied.
I also got to see the collaboration as I visited during lab time. There was a lot of great energy in the room and a lot of friendly faces. The post-grad opportunities with App Lab and becoming a Teaching Assistant were also appealing to me. Overall it was just a great first impression and I was sort of sold from the get-go.