Code Academy hasn’t even started and I’ve already had my doubts: Couldn’t I learn Ruby on Rails myself? Couldn’t I find my own mentors, Draw My Own Map? Couldn’t I network through Ruby meetups and the burgeoning Chicago startup scene?
All of these questions boil down to, “Do I need Code Academy?”
No. I don’t need Code Academy.
Then why I am still going?
For years, I thought I would have to move to California to surround myself with entrepreneurial, technologically savvy people. I thought that I would have to work tirelessly at perfecting Software Craftsmanship until I was recognized as more than just an idea guy. I thought that I would be alone until then.
“I don’t need Code Academy because I can do it all myself,” isn’t enough to explain why I’m still going simply because I don’t want to do this alone. I want to learn with the most passionate, the most creative, the most surprising individuals I can find. I want to do this in Chicago, for Chicago, with Chicago, to give back to the city that will always be home to me no matter where I am.
I’m going because I want to go. I’m going because I believe in the people. I’m going because it’s my city. And when the Spring 2012 class converges on Chicago, it’s going to be fucking awesome.
Let’s do this thing.