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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

New Chapter

Today for the most part was just like any other day. Following the exponential curve of phone calls and instant messages that has become typical of my life, I spent most of the day consulting people on technology issues. I don't charge enough to live on it, but I'm in the extremely lucky position of not having to worry about that. Today was slightly different though.

As of 6:00 P.M. yesterday my employment at the Boys & Girls Club of Janesville was over. Two weeks prior I had turned in my notice that I would be leaving the organization. My last day was similar to any other day of the four years I have worked there as the Technology Coordinator. The kids still asked a lot of questions, there was lots of technology administration tasks to complete, and there was staff training to be done. My employment at the Boys & Girls Club was incredibly rewarding and has served as an extremely valuable first step into the world of technology management. I couldn't possibly describe the experiences I have had and the knowledge I have gained. When I accepted the job during December of my freshman year of high school I had no idea I would grow this much as a person during my time at the Club. The decision to end my employment a month before school comes due to the demand to work with other technology clients to improve their operations and further my computing skills primarily in the C# area.

On September 1st, 2005 I will begin a new chapter in my life when I move to Milwaukee. I will be attending school at Milwaukee School of Engineering majoring in Management Information Systems. After considering a few schools in the UW system, I took the strong encouragement of Pat Phillips and decided MSOE would be a great fit for me. Initially I was tentative about that conclusion, but after meeting extensively with students, faculty, and alumni I'm positive that MSOE is the best school for me. I couldn't have fallen into a more perfect situation and 99% of that belongs to Dr. Sam Scheibler who I was fortunate enough to meet during my Presidential Scholarship interview. He is a tremendous individual who perfectly embodies the values of servant leadership that he spreads/teaches/preaches through his work at the school.

My roommate appears to be a pretty cool guy (we haven't met in person yet) and we share a lot of similar interests, which is always good. He unfortunately isn't a diehard Bucks and Brewers fan nor is he a liberal-minded individual. It's all good though, I'll have plenty of time to warp his mind.

Earlier in the summer after being nominated by Daryll McDade (who I was fortunate enough to meet by way of Pat Phillips) and interviewing I was selected to be a Microsoft Student Ambassador. I'm incredibly excited to start with that program (job? I don't really know yet) on September 1st. Without rephrasing all the information about the program, I'll point you towards

As far as what's keeping me busy outside of fixing and advising on computers there is a few things. I'm working on getting a podcast ready to go along with coding away on a media management program (written in C#) that I will be licensing under the GPL or something similar when I'm done. I'm hoping to have both of those going before the end of August.

If you're ever in downtown Milwaukee don't hesitate to give me a call. I would be happy to meet up with you (provided you showered) and eat food or something fun like that. Goodbye Janesville, hello Milwaukee.

Update: I forgot to mention that Chad Dickerson moved on from InfoWorld, where he was the CTO, and is headed to Yahoo. A small bit of irony for me as Dickerson was my favorite InfoWorld columnist and I decided not to renew my free subscription a couple of days ago. Looks like I won't have to worry about missing any of his columns. At Yahoo he's going to be working at a company with a lot of incredibly talented people such Jeremy Zawodny and Russell Beattie. Three guys I wouldn't mind ending up being like when I graduate from college. I'm pretty impressed with Yahoo lately, take my advice and invest in them, the best is yet to come.

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  • At August 06, 2005 8:32 PM , Blogger Jeramey's Mom said...

    It is nice to see what you are up to! Thanks for including the links. You are listed as living in WV on the Microsoft Student Ambassador link.


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