Episode 34 – The Bootcamp Experience: First Steps with Sarah Weatherbee

In this episode we’ll be talking about the planning that goes into attending a software bootcamp, comparing different programs, and factors in making the right decision.

We have a special guest today, Sarah Weatherbee is here to talk about her experience with the Nashville Software School Jumpstart program. Sarah has a background in journalism, which she obtained while studying and working abroad in Beirut, Lebanon. We met through discussing her interest in podcasting, and discovered she was attending NSS’s Jumpstart program at time.


Sharpening the Tools’ is the section of the show where we discuss what tools we’re using, concepts we’re learning, and generally how we are continuing our learning in software development.



Wrestling with my personal website and CloudFlare.



Working through a ‘Complete Guide to Angular’ tutorial on Udemy



NSS Pre-Work:

Smarter Way to Javascript book



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“Opening the Toolbox” (main episode)

Today we’re talking with Sarah Weatherbee about her decision to attend Nashville Software School’s bootcamp. We’ll discuss her thought process, pre work and preparation, and how it’s going for her so far. Questions we ask:

  1. Tell us a little bit about your background.
  2. How did you get interested in web/software development?
  3. Can you tell us about the Nashville Software School Jumpstart you did, and how the experience was for you?
  4. You’re starting the full time evening program at NSS very soon, right? What process did you go through for making the decision?
  5. Were there other paths in development that you considered?
  6. Can we ask about the tuition for the program? How did that affect your decision? (Opportunity Tuition Program)
  7. How is your pre work coming? Did your jumpstart help with this, or are you learning anything new?
  8. What are you most excited about the bootcamp? Anything you’re worried or apprehensive about?
  9. Any other goals or things you hope to learn in the program?

Sarah mentioned the Code for Nashville meetup, for those of you in Nashville who’d like to check it out.

How can listeners get in touch with Sarah?

She’s on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-weatherbee-a518556/ and Instagram at: @sweatherbeez


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