This story begins in the middle. I suppose some of the better ones do, though, right? Let me lay out where I am for you: I am a few days shy of starting my Spring semester at UMUC. I take four classes a semester, broken up into two 8 week sessions of insanity. For my degree’s coursework, I have so far completed A+, Net+, Sec+, CCNA classes, and am about to start the semester of Windows Server ALLTHETHINGS. I really wish that I could jump into Linux management, but unfortunately, it looks like that is something I will have to do on my own, since I had a hard enough time finding a place for all of my required coursework. I am learning HTML, CSS, and PHP on my own right now, so what is one more thing, right?
Let’s step back a bit. I just want to make it clear that I have only been learning in earnest anything about IT since May of 2013. That makes this 7 months. I was, by no means, computer-illiterate before I started, but I had no idea how much I didn’t know. Now, I do know. Or at least, I have an inkling. And I am motivated. This has been the only time in my academic history that I have spent as much time working on my skills during my breaks from classes as I did when I was being graded on it. I think it’s a good omen, or at least, I am taking it as such.
The reason I decided to do this is to document the road from beginning to Bachelor’s. Everyone knows that going back to college when you have a family is difficult, and learning to navigate information technology beneath the surface is also difficult. This is going to be a place for me to display my projects and let other people who are at a similar place in their academic careers, or maybe even as a taste of what this is like for someone considering a career in IT from scratch.