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Meet Our Review Sweepstakes Winner: Kendall Lu of Codesmith

Jess Feldman

Written By Jess Feldman

Last updated on August 20, 2020

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Meet Our Review Sweepstakes Winner: Kendall Lu of Codesmith

Kendall Lu, a graduate of Codesmith’s software engineering bootcamp wrote a Verified review of his bootcamp experience and won our latest sweepstakes competition! Over 1,200 tech bootcamp graduates wrote a Verified review for their school on Course Report and went into the draw to win a $500 Amazon gift card! We caught up with Kendall to hear about his coding bootcamp experience and his job in software engineering!

Want to win $500 in our next Reviews Sweepstakes? Write a Verified review of your coding bootcamp experience – we’ll pick the next winner on December 31st, 2020!

When did you graduate from Codesmith?

I graduated from Codesmith in November 2019.

What did you do before attending Codesmith? Why did you choose to enroll at a coding bootcamp?

In college, I was getting my business degree with a concentration in finance. Long story short, that path didn’t work out for me. A close friend said to try coding and see if I enjoyed it, and if so, I should try to apply for Codesmith. 

How difficult was the Codesmith application process? Any tips for getting accepted?

It was tough and my timeline to learn the basic concepts was a lot shorter than I would have liked. I was able to pass the technical interview on my second try after about a month of studying (8+ hours a day). 

Here are my tips for getting accepted to Codesmith:

  • I’d say pair program as much as possible. Find a pair programming partner! I was able to find one within a week or two of starting JavaScript.

  • Follow CSX! The 3rd round or technical interview at Codesmith is based off of CSX. I was able do fairly well on my first round of the technical just by going through and really understanding each section of CSX. If you’ve outgrown CSX or a section doesn’t make sense, supplement that with resources, like Youtube, Freecodecamp, and all the other free resources out there.

Where do you work now?

I work at a cyber trust startup as a front end engineer! 

What is your advice to someone considering Codesmith or another coding bootcamp?

For those considering Codesmith, it’s a great bootcamp - you can read my review! But, don’t be biased towards Codesmith or any one bootcamp — Do your research! 

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About The Author

Jess Feldman

Jess Feldman

Jess Feldman is an accomplished writer and the Content Manager at Course Report, the leading platform for career changers who are exploring coding bootcamps. With a background in writing, teaching, and social media management, Jess plays a pivotal role in helping Course Report readers make informed decisions about their educational journey.

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