Off Topic – Going back to College
I was sitting in our Board Meeting for the NI4CE repeater system – http://ni4ce.org and realized that I have not been playing radio in quite some time. There is more than one reason. I have been extremely busy at work and due to that I have had no time for anything else.
One of those other life factors besides work, kids, family, and other hobbies is school. For many of you this might sound odd, but for others you will completely understand.
At this point in my life, even though I have been in computer industry for over 25 years, I have never had a college degree. My wife was starting her MBA and I said with her going to be taking on the stress and challenge of that maybe it’s something I should consider. I looked into what my company would help pay for, I looked into the time commitments, and I landed on University of Phoenix.
Online works great for me – I am a computer geek and live online. I thought this would be a great time in life and then I would finally not be the only person around the table that couldn’t talk about having their degree. It was just something that always has been in the back of my mind.
Well, I started and finished week 1 with all A’s in my two classes and I’m on my way. I understand that this isn’t Ham Radio specific but if you ever read my story about how Ham Radio helped put me on a better path you will understand why this ties back together. Ham Radio helped me get my 15-year-old head on straight; many people in the hobby-helped push me into computers. I have worked for one of the largest software companies for the last 18 years and been pretty lucky to still know the two guys that did it.
I am sure my story of going back and getting my college education will bring more bliss to a great story they had impact on.
I won’t post all of my weeks progress, but I thought I would start with week one:
I am still active on the Board of Directors for NI4CE and I am going to do my best to get back into radio further. I promise J for not if you want to find me it will most likely be in the library.
Watch the finances on this. I used student loans and now have second thoughts about what I’ve started. I just can’t stop! I’m working on my fourth degree – my second Master’s. (I’ve done a combination of in-classroom and online studies)
My age is starting to figure into the employment equation, too. (Yes, employers DO discriminate based on age.)
I’m thinking of writing a book to pay off the student loans. It would be entitled “If I Had To Do It All Over Again, I Wouldn’t”.
73, Bill – WA8MEA