About me, eh? I have no idea where to start. Let’s try this:
I grew up in the small town of Colgate, Wisconsin. My parents divorced when I was eight, and my mother remarried. We moved around a bit within the county outside Milwaukee. After five more kids, my sibling count is up to nine, seven of whom are younger than me. I’m pretty business savvy thanks to starting a job when I was 10 at one of my mom’s stores. By 16 I was managing large parts of the operations, closing the stores each night, doing accounting and payroll, managing inventory and ordering and more. I traveled around the country (and to Canada!) for trade conventions and to order merchandise.
By 18, my desire to open more stores started to fizzle with the economy. I applied to UW-Madison on a whim, and got in very quickly. I decided to go there, and seemingly picked the most ridiculous field I could think of, biochemistry. After 4.5 years, I’ve finally graduated.
I’ve had to explain this so many times, it’s about time I just put it here so I can link to it.
For a long time, I’ve wanted to go to medical school and eventually become a forensic pathologist. That would require four years of medical school, about five years of pathology training and another year or two of forensic training. Then, when I’m about 33, I could finally start working! With hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt! And I’d make a piddly (compared to other medical professions) $100,000 a year. I would basically be in debt till I die.
Option 2: Law school is only three years, and then you start working! Teachers have told me I should go to law school since fifth grade. I like law. I especially am interested in civil rights (especially First Amendment issues), privacy and digital era issues. I extended my biochemistry degree to 4.5 years so I’d have an extra summer to take the LSAT, but then I ended up not doing that when I got really sick of school.
So: Instead of more school, I traveled. I had been hoping to go to Australia to see @OliverTwist26, who visited me in December, then Indonesia to see @YodiBudi. Then I wanted to go somewhere in Europe and lastly to Buenos Aires to see a Facebook friend Damian. I was delaying those travel plans while just relaxing and getting myself organized, and then I bought a used car, eating much of my remaining loan money. But I needed to travel, so I opted to just go to Buenos Aires for the month of March.
Now I am going to try to make a career in web development or something related. If that fails, I’ll go back to school. Maybe.