Hi “NotJustTheMeatGuy!” here.

I have not blogged in a while now, but like most people say (some people I don’t here it much lately), “There is no time like the present right?“. Well over the past few months I have really stuck my head all the way up the books. . .  Well as much as I could, because you know work and bills come first.

Working hard

Working hard

Along with work and bills I have been trying to get into a coding bootcamp; and no not FreeCodeCamp. I have tried FCC and It’s a good place to begin. I have spent a good bit of time on their and they helped a lot with you know the basics; but I felt like I needed a little more structure. I wanted to really concentrate on my study of “Web Development” and actually retain all the information of the different language(s) I decided to study and get into the mind set of being a developer. I then decided to pursue coding bootcamps.


I found a lot of good ones like, Bottega Tech, Hack Reactor, and DevMountain. Bottega Tech with them having Online and Campus full stack courses was really tempting and it was the first place I applied. I got in touch with them and requested some information on their cohort and classes, online and immersive; but since I have obligations and can not just pick up and leave, I decided not to go with them. I found that Hack reactor was a good choice and really popular, but was not my cup of tea. After a few searches Devmountain popped up with immersive web development courses, but I wanted one that was in person and close to home. I got on facebook one day and since I was looking into bootcamps they already started putting adds on my timeline.


It was a good thing because from there I found The Iron Yard. Was it fate? Me looking for a coding bootcamp that was immersive and close to home. I didn’t know my city had any bootcamps.

I was shocked and amazed that this was real. I did some research on them (a lot), to make sure they were legit and not scammers. It all checked out! I saw that they even have mini courses on 3 different languages, Java, Ruby, and JavaScript (JS is my new Niche).  I got in touch with them and they responded really quick and sent me some information. I then got an interview with Kaity Miller and Betsy Hare, the Student Engagement Manager and Campus Director (respectively). They are really nice people who seem to really care for their students and want to help them the best they can. After a few weeks and a couple of more interviews, Guess What!!! What? I got accepted into The Iron Yard!!! Hip Hip Horray!!!



I was really excited and really happy that I could attend this Immersive program. I got my course recommended MacBook laptop. It was great, but, then when I tried to apply for loans with their partner private loan companies, I could not get a loan to save my life. I applied with multiple co borrowers and it just didn’t work. I ended up applying to a boat load of other lenders and even banks. Still no results. Did not get any of them to give me one.


I then sent Kaity an email and told her how I was trying hard to find a loan because I didn’t have enough credit or the people I had as co borrowers had bad credit and she forwarded it to Ashley Dowdy and told her to put me on the #Yes We Code Fund list. She told me not to give up and that they were in the middle of sorting the fund and it may cover the whole tuition and will send me an application as soon as it is available. I said thanks but was confused. What is the Yes We Code Fund? I asked her and she told me. I then did some research and then asked how likely was it to get this fund.


I was stressing over not getting a loan yet and did not want to get my hopes up. She told me there were a lot of factors to consider and that this was the first time it was available to them and she didn’t know. So I waited a couple of days just thinking what if I don’t get it I will be stuck and S.O.L.


I then got an email from Betsy today and it had #YesWeCode Information attached to it. I read it and it had a pre application to see if I would qualify because with the official application, I would have to inter a lot of sensitive information. In my mind I didn’t care I just wanted to be able to attend the school. I filled it out and it said I qualified. I was happy and I told Betsy that I was and then she sent the official link. I filled that out and now I am just waiting to see if I got it. The application said that it would take 24 hours so hopefully tomorrow I will know if I will be going to this school or not. . . Wish me luck because I definitely need it.

I will continue to blog more about this and other things so stay tuned to the “NotJustTheMeatGuy” show. Lol.

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