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Day In The Life Of A Software Engineering Student

Posted by Flatiron School  /  August 5, 2022

Whether you’re 12 or 32, the first day of school can be nerve-wracking. Finding your classroom, meeting new people, and what will you wear?!

Wait – don’t panic! If you’re thinking of enrolling in a software engineering course but are not sure what to expect then this guide is for you.

Here we’ll cover the typical day-to-day schedule of a full-time software engineering student. We want you to be ready for your first day – no surprises! 

Morning Standup

Most days begin with a standup meeting. You’ll check in with your cohort and receive any announcements or updates. This is also a good time to discuss your goals for the day and any blockers in the way so you can be set up for a successful day of learning!

Morning Working Session

Next, you’ll jump right to working on lessons and labs. This may feature independently working through the curriculum, teaming up with other members of the cohort on collaborative projects, preparing for coding challenges, or completing a 1-on-1 with an instructor or coach.

Lunch Break

After the morning workshop, it’s time for lunch. You have an hour each day to rest, relax, and recharge – whatever you need to do to be ready to take on the second half of the day.

Central Lecture

Typically at around 2:00 pm EST, students will join other cohorts across the US for a Zoom conference call. You will learn from a Flatiron School lecturer, covering topics within the designated phase.

Afternoon Working Session

Once the lecture concludes you’ll continue working on lessons and labs, pair programming/code reviews, projects, and coding challenges, or meet with the instructor or coach. The instructor will optimize this time slot based on the greatest value to students at that moment in time and the activity can vary from day to day.

Evening Stand Down

The day concludes with the evening stand down. You’ll reconvene with your cohort for any additional announcements and updates and take time to prepare for the next day.

Let’s Get Started

Ready to take the next step and become a software engineering student? Apply Now to our Software Engineering course or schedule a 10-minute chat with admissions to see how you can take charge of your future in as little as 15 weeks.

Not quite ready to commit yet? Try our Free Software Engineering Prep Lesson. It’s a great way to try out the course and judge if it’s the right course for you.