Another thing to consider is the fact the pandemic will end before you get anywhere near completed with college. Its true that there are some students who are taking time off from college as they don’t get their preferred in-class instruction. However, this also means the are “pausing” their learning, which opens up more room for others who are willing to continue to step in. Overall this means it might be easier to get into a college during the pandemic, and still be able to continue after it subsides.
Another thing is networking can be done at anytime during your studying, but gets more important the closer you get to graduation. As the closer you get to graduation the more “job ready” you are, compared to just starting out. This doesn’t mean you can’t network and get ahead, but it will be more difficult.
I don’t have any personal recommendations for boot camps, as they are my least preferred option as they vary too widely in quality to recommend.
I was fortunante enough to be able to go to college for a CS degree. Mind you I wasn’t a stellar student, and was best described as a “slacker”. I barely got into the college I was admitted to, and would of ended up in the national guard or community college if I wasn’t accepted.
Regardless, I went to school, slacked the same amount I did in high-school until I eventually failed a class, which made me realize I had to put in more work and actually focus more on school. I eventually got close to graduation, leveraged on-campus resources and networking and got an internship which eventually lead to a job.
That doesn’t mean school taught me everything, honestly I ended up learning a lot of specific technical skills on my own or through other means, but the structure and background college gave me has given me the edge in a number of scenarios.
Regardless of what you path you end up choosing, good luck, keep building, keep learning