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School -- DMACC (University of Southern Ankeny)
Major -- Information Technology Network Administration (ITNA)
Date of Birth -- October 26, 1977
Age -- 28
Sign -- Scorpio
Lives in -- boring Des Moines, Iowa
Would like to move to -- beautiful Colorado. Preferably Colorado Springs, Boulder, or Denver.
Current Career -- Technical Support
Career after school -- Working as a Network or System Administrator for some company

About Me

I have lived in Des Moines, Iowa my entire life. And quite frankly, I'm ready to move outta here. After high school, I just wasn't ready to jump right into college. I tried it a couple times, but I just wasn't ready for all of that. After working a few years, going from job to job, I realized without an education, I'm not going to find anything out there that makes me truly happy. Then a few years ago, I realized I was ready for college. So after the headache of getting back into school, I finally did so in the summer of 2003. It was probably the best thing I've done so far in my life. I was ready for school and ready to make a future for myself. I knew that this was it, I was in for the long haul, and I must succeed in making my dreams come true.

A major change in plans for my future. I originally wanted to go to Iowa State to get into their computer security program, then try to get a job with the FBI. Well, after really, REALLY thinking about things, I realized a few very important things. In order for me to get into the computer security 2 year program, I would first have to transfer into one of a handful of programs, complete it, and then try to get into their computer security program. The programs that I would have to transfer into are varied; the ones that have to do most with computers are 2, and they are Computer Engineering and Computer Science. In Computer Engineering, you learn basically how to make computer parts, something I have no interest in nor do I want to learn about. In Computer Science, you do a LOT of programming, and I HATE programming. Being a computer programmer has to be about as much fun as being an accountant. So what it comes down to is this. I would have to transfer into a program, and the only two that have to do with computers I don't like anything about. So I would spent roughly FOUR years in school doing something I HATE, then when that's over I have a CHANCE, a very small chance, to get transferred into the computer security program. For that program, they only take about 15-20 students into it each year. So if I didn't get picked, I'd have to wait for the following year to try again.

So after careful consideration, I feel that the way things are up there, I do not want to waste 4 years in something I have absolutely no interest in. Not to mention how much money it would cost to go to school there AND live up there. DMACC's tuition is chump change compared to the costs for ISU. I also heard that if you were to get a job with the FBI, you basically have to go and live and work where they tell you, and I don't like that idea at all.

So what are my plans now? Well, I originally had plans to finish DMACC at the end of spring semester in 2005. But after looking at things, I would still be 2 classes short from having my completed Microsoft certification. And since now I don't have any rush to leave DMACC and hurry off to ISU, I think I stay at DMACC just a few more semesters. I need to pick up those 2 classes to get my certification, and pick up a couple other classes as well. I could just leave school and try teaching myself what I need to know to pass the certification test, but with me completely out of school, I would be working, and I don't see myself having much time to study, and it's better if I learn what I need to know in a class anyways. You can only learn so much from a book, but so much more with hands on experience, and a good instructor.

When DMACC is over and done with, I plan on moving to Colorado. I might stick around here for awhile to get some cash rounded up and maybe even gain some valuable experience with an entry-level job so I can use that experience to get the good job in Colorado. With what I'm going into, experience and certifications are the key. You can't get a job without experience, and you can't get experience without a job. But I'd rather be living here with family if I can't find a job than to get out to Colorado, and can't find a job and have no place to live!  


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