In 2016 I completed my Computer Science, A.S. at SUNY Adirondack and was accepted into an accelerated BS/MS in Computer Science / Computer Information Systems at The College of Saint Rose in Albany NY. The program so far has been rigorous but I am pleased to report that in my undergraduate work I have a 4.0 GPA and in my graduate work I have a 3.91 after my first semester. This is astonishing to me simply because of the schedule I keep: working full-time, taking 15 credits of coursework, and commuting several hours each day. (I keep an AMAZING calendar, I’m not sure I could stay organized without Google Calendar).
When I initially went down the path of this horrendous amount of driving I had a Jeep Wrangler that got about 19 mpg. This would’ve been too costly due to gas. (Not to mention the jarring ride). I downgraded to a Hyundai Veloster which is both more comfortable and economical. The car sports a small turbo and a manual transmission making it a blast to drive and agile on the highway.
The company I work for (SCI) experienced major growth. With internal staff levels increasing I’m finding that increasingly I’m becoming a more senior, and valued, employee. This comes with additional responsibility however. I am finding that I enjoy the amount of work a larger team can accomplish.
The productivity of people who specialize in a narrow aspect of the business cannot be argued either. It is amazing to me how deep some people go into a particular topic. Having been a fairly employee I had the opportunity to go wide and touch many aspects of the business whereas these new employees are shoehorned into a narrower focus.
I’m thankful to be working with the group of extremely talented and intelligent people that I do. Having a good team beside you makes all the difference. Hopefully none of you read this and inflate your egos (too much).
In late 2016 I met an incredible woman, Amanda. This may be the hardest thing to write here as the words escape me. In the few months I’ve known her I’ve fallen in love with her: her beauty, her laugh, and her quirks. Here’s to you, baby, and a great 2017 with you! <3