The Iron Yard experience: Insight from current students

On any given day at any given time, you’ll find students on our campuses who are at varying stops along the journey to becoming programmers. Today, we wanted to give you a glimpse into the minds of some of our students at The Iron Yard Tampa Bay – St. Petersburg. These students have finished up four weeks of their cohort, and several of them have started blogging and sharing their reflections on the experience so far.

Below, meet a few of our students and hear more about what it’s really like to be a student at The Iron Yard. 

I am exhausted and have never been more excited about the possibilities. I can not believe how much I have learned or how much I enjoy programming. Everyday I work with people that have become my other family in an environment that has become another home.


The Iron Yard, a month into my journey and this already feels like the most rewarding professional experience of my career. I decided before the start of the cohort that I would completely immerse myself into the program, but I never thought it would be like this.


No matter how tough it gets though, I just know that my future is just a little bit brighter with the knowledge I’m gaining; to know something that will not only help me with a career but to also help express my creativity; to not be able to draw, yet still make something look good. I even have plans on using what I’m learning to build apps that’ll help me maintain parts of my life and fun side projects that I can’t wait to get started on.


I want to be better at the things that I do, but I have to continue with my studies and keep practicing and continue to have trials and error throughout the rest of my life in order to one day be just as good as those who are professionals in this field of work.


I am currently a member of Cohort 7 at the St Petersburg/Tampa campus, and am spending 12 weeks learning Ruby on Rails. The program is immersive and therefore it is taking us from little to no knowledge of how programming and Ruby work to being able to enter the job market as a junior developer.


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