Dev Bootcamp, Week 1

I just finished my first week onsite at Dev Bootcamp and man, oh man, what a week. The week went by so quickly, I can’t believe it’s already Saturday. I’m going to try to recap each day because I think it’ll be interesting to see my progress, especially in nine weeks time when this course is over.

Day One
– Orientation
– Introductions
– Ice breakers
– Wrote a program that converted Arabic numerals to Roman numerals
– Wrote a program that converted Arabic numerals to English numbers

Day Two
– Wrote a program that translates words to pig latin
– Wrote a program implement enumerables
– Wrote a program that benchmarks
– Engineering Empathy on sexism

Day Three
– Wrote a program for the Fibonacci sequence
– Wrote a program to list anagrams for a word
– Wrote a program for linear search
– Wrote a program for binary search
– Yoga

Day Four
– Wrote a program for a simple racing game
– Wrote a program to create a Boggle Board
– Need to complete a program that solves Boggle Board
– Hip hop

Day Five
– Started a program that will solve sudoku

I think the overall theme of week one was about algorithms and nested arrays. It’s been a while since I touched math, so it was kind of a difficult week for me to get into that way of thinking.

It’s been super exhausting. Sleeping 5-6 hours a night to wake up at 6:45am to go back to campus for another 12 hour day. But it’s been so much fun! I like a good challenge, so it really gives me an adrenaline rush to try to figure out a problem. We also incorporate other activities into our day, not just programming.

Also, the people in my group are all super amazing, interesting, and supportive. A few of them have a bit of background knowledge in programming, but the majority of them have pretty diverse backgrounds. I’m really glad that these are the people I’ll be spending 60+ hours a week with for the next couple of months.

For a while, I really wanted to attend this all female programming course in San Francisco. I thought it would provide the best and safest learning environment for me, since after all, I am a female and this industry hasn’t been known to be so accepting. However, ultimately, I am really happy that I decided to go to DBC. DBC really strives to make us all better, well-rounded people. We have sessions of discussing these kinds of topics, like sexism, to educate everyone about the discrimination and micro aggressions that marginal groups face. So instead of pretending the problem isn’t there, DBC is really try hard to improve the problem.

Sorry if this blog post is really jumbled. There are more things I wanted to write but I can’t really organize my thoughts at the moment. My brain is kind of fried and I have to get ready to go back to campus now to finish all the programs that I didn’t finish for the week.

Greetings from Virginia!

It must be weird, me saying “Greetings from Virginia!” But unless you’re a personal friend of mine or have been following me on Instagram, you probably don’t know that I’ve moved to New York recently!

Yes, I know, my blog has been a bit of a ghost town, but hopefully I’ll be able to revive it with my new adventures in the city.



So why the move? Moving to New York has definitely been something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, maybe even since high school. The reasons have changed over the years and well, right now it’s to attend a programming bootcamp. Yep! You heard me, a programming bootcamp. I’ll be attending Dev Bootcamp, although there are quite a few out there if you do your research. I’ve personally known two friends who went through this particular bootcamp and loved it, so that definitely swayed my decision towards this course. It’s a 19-week program of programming! Nine weeks are done remotely, nine weeks on campus, and then they spend a week helping us with resumes/interviews/etc.

I moved up there on the 9th and thought I would come back for a week before I start the immersive and intensive on-campus portion. Let me just say, I can’t believe how much I took Virginia for granted. In comparison to New York, it’s so calm and quiet here. People are way more courteous, and I didn’t realize this until I came home, but I finally felt that I could breathe easily.

Anyway, just an update on my life for now. I have to go back to doing homework for my course, so I’ll hopefully have something more interesting to talk about next time.

If you’re interested in becoming a developer and don’t know where to begin, please feel free to reach out to me! I definitely attending a ton of tech meetups and did a lot of self-teaching before deciding to go to this bootcamp.

2014 Pacific Miss Asian American

Hello blogosphere!

One of the many reason why I’ve been absent from blogging is because I’ve been super busy with a pageant. That’s right, you heard me, a beauty pageant! It’s my first one and we had our preliminary round in July. I was super nervous at the time but have managed to be selected as one of the finalists to move into the next round.

There is a popularity portion, and I would greatly appreciate it if you guys would vote for me! In order to vote, you just need to like my photo on the pageant’s Facebook page.

2014 Pacific Miss Asian American - Mai Nguyen

Click on the photo above, or click here to vote for me.

Many thanks :)!

I shall be back with a post outlining my journey through this pageant in more detail later.