Signing up for Sprint almost ruined my life. Really. I’m sorry to all of my friends and family whose text messages and calls were forever pruned in Sprint’s ancient network. I wasn’t ignoring you and please let me make it up to you with my new cuddlesome AT&T iPhone 5s.
the yellow band i was wearing meant that i wasn’t old enought to drink. crazy how time flies
When was the start of all this?
When did he cogs of fate begin to turn?
Perhaps it is impossible to grasp that answer now,
From deep within the flow of time…
But for a certainty, back then,
We loved so many, yet hated so much,
We hurt others and were hurt ourselves…
Yet even then, we ran like the wind,
Whilst our laughter echoed,
Under cerulean skies…
Don’t tell anyone but I don’t have a college degree. Although I “graduated”, I did not meet my major’s requirement of completing an accounting course. Some of my coworkers, including my desk neighbor Jenny, already know this and we always have a good laugh over how I fooled HR. Jenny and I were having lunch one day and we started talking about why I never never took school seriously.
We used to have a comprehensive exam at the end of each grade from 1st to 4th. I consistently tested as the top student in my grade. By the time 5th grade came, I was severely underperforming and my test scores started to drop. In middle school, I was a B student. In high school, I was a C+ student. In college, I was a C student. At this rate, I will drop out of grad school if I ever go.
my own way
Something happened between 4th and 5th grade. One of my theories is that I was growing disobedient to the education system. I was no longer interested in what teachers had to teach me. I wanted to learn whatever captured my attention at my own pace. When I was 8, instead of buying a new Dell or HP computer, I built one from scratch after carefully researching all of the parts and specs needed. They wouldn’t teach that kind of stuff to 8 year olds at school. When I was 12, I read my brother’s college astronomy book out of sheer interest. It was 1,200 pages long. I knew what a pulsar (neutron star) was when most kids my age could only name the 9 planets (only 8 now since Pluto got demoted).
Jenny also made a good point on how teachers and professors always teach to the lowest common denominator in the class, meaning they will slow down for those who don’t get it. It explains why I sometimes lose complete interest in school midway through the semester.
Teachers want you to follow their assignment instructions down to the last detail in order to get an A. I was never particularly good at that. Needless to say, I’ve had many red pen marks on my papers saying “Did not follow instructions! C+”. Screw you! I thought my topic on evidence of extraterrestrial life contact during WWII perfectly covers your requirements
work is different
At work, it’s different. I put in all my effort. I solve problems without any framework. I lead with ideas that I made up, not step by step instructions on how to execute something. I find work problems exponentially more enjoyable than homework problems. Homework problems are graded by the opinion of your instructor. Work problems are graded by how much money you can bring in. It’s far more tangible.
missed out and missing college
My parents always boast about how their two older kids went to Cal and UCSD but their youngest one “just” went to SJSU. If I could go back in time, I’d make sure to study a little harder so I could get into a school like Berkeley or Stanford. Peers who went to those schools make me jealous. SJSU, you were cool but I could never relate to your students. Whenever I hang out with a Cal grad or a Stanford grad, I think to myself, “Yea, these are the people I should be hanging out with”.
I do miss college, a lot. The dorms, the roommates I’ve had, the walks around campus at night, the parties, the people, I miss them all.
going back to school
I’ll be attending a coding boot camp called General Assembly starting next week where I’ll be learning how to write back-end code. Half of the tuition is paid for by my company. I also made a deal with my boss that once I complete this 10 week course, I have to go and get my college degree which is fine by me since he promised to pay for that too. I cannot wait to start school again.
This is one of my favorite soundtracks ever. From the movie Nightmare Before Christmas, I present to you “This is Halloween”.
This is the best cover of any song I’ve ever seen.
I first logged onto the interweb in 2000. But this is my first blog ever. That’s not to say I never had things to say. I did. I just didn’t want to tell you all my secrets.
But on the verge of becoming a fully saturated adult, I suddenly find myself itching to speak to the world about all my crazy ideas, adventures, successes, failures, and dreams. I hope this doesn’t come back and bite me in the future.
Speaking of success (or failure), I’m officially retiring bayareadogs.net. I blame the hacker who keeps redirecting mobile users to a pornographic website. I’m sorry to all the unsuspecting souls who just wanted to look at puppies.
And sorry bayareadogs.net, you were fun but I want to change the world and you’re not going to help me do that. More on changing the world later.