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Graduation Is Approaching – Not Fast Enough

This will be my 3rd family USF graduation.

It's going to be my turn, now!

University of South Florida

I’ve been going to college for the better part of 13 years now. I was accepted into the Honors Program at the University of South Florida (USF) in the Fall of 1997 with a full-ride scholarship to study pre-med/psychology. I managed to train wreck that within 2 semesters, but kept attending on a 75% scholarship for a while.

Hillsborough Community College

In 1999, I transferred to Hillsborough Community College to work an art degree. I’ve always been good at graphic design, but found that track too subjective in the grading because it was all about whether or not the professor liked the work. I sort of dropped out at that point with about 50 credit hours, but missing a lot to get my A.A.

It became pretty obvious to me that my girlfriend’s dad values higher education a lot when, one day out of the blue, he offered me a 50% scholarship to find out what classes I needed to get my A.A. – even liberal arts – and wrap that chapter up. Wow!

I think it came out to something like 6 or 8 more courses, but I had a full-time job at that point. I did it anyway, taking 2 classes at night once per week for the next year and finally got my A.A. It didn’t, however, earn me a raise at work.

A “real” job

It then became pretty obvious to me that my girlfriend’s dad thought I was in a dead-end job and sent me a link to a computer-related job at the company where he works (5,000+ people worldwide), but it was up to me to write a decent resumé to get the call and have a killer interview because this was a direct-hire position, not temp-to-perm. I got the call 2 weeks later, an interview that involved 4 department heads, and was offered a position to start the next week: August 1st, 2005.

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