The Value of a Good Investment

Dear Yunny, I wanted to let you know that I chatted with the team and we would be thrilled to have you work for us for the Summer of 2016!

I was filled with excitement.

I actually couldn’t believe what just happened.

I had just received an official offer for a full stack software engineering internship from a startup in the Bay area!

As I reflected back on all the events and people that had helped lead up to this triumphant moment, I realized that my greatest supporter was iXperience. This achievement simply would not have been possible without those 8 weeks I spent in Cape Town, South Africa.

I hadn’t studied computer science at all until my sophomore year at college. With little experience in the tech field except for one introductory computer science class at Brown, I was a little unsure as to what I should do for the coming summer. I wanted to find something that would better prepare me for my software engineering career.

It was around that time that I heard about iXperience. The more I learned about the program, the more I was fascinated by its course curriculum and unique learning environment. Nevertheless, the price was a bit high.

“Is it worth the cost?”

I turned this question over and over in my mind. I knew I wouldn’t be able to make a decision without a clear justification so, before I applied for the program, I drew up a table comparing potential gains and losses from iXperience.

That table I made a year ago looked something like this:

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I decided to contact some of the alumni to gain a little more insight into my expectations; to better weigh up the pros and cons of the program.

Surprisingly, every single person highly recommended the program to me, describing it as the best experience of their life. Furthermore, I was reassured by everyone that the program was super safe and well-organized.

They understood the feeling of intimidation about the price, but they convinced me that I would gain more than I could ever imagine.

And it was all true – considering the accommodation, the quality of the program and, most importantly, the life lessons that I learned, I can confidently say that iXperience was one of the best investments of my life.

Web development skills were just the beginning of what I took away from Cape Town; I learned how to apply my knowledge to real-world problems, how to independently develop my own solutions for surrounding issues and, above all else, I got a sense of direction for my career. With an abundance of opportunities for gaining hands-on experience, you’re bound to discover your hidden interests and potential in something.

Before iX, I was unsure of my decision to pursue computer science as a field. I didn’t know I was capable of developing a software application. And I certainly did not anticipate falling in love with tech start-up culture.

Before iX, I never expected I would get an internship at my top-choice company with high payment for the coming summer.

So was iXperience worth the cost?

Well, it wasn’t a “cost”, but rather an “investment;” I gained invaluable technical skills, work experience, self-confidence, and motivation.

How can I say it wasn’t?