An Outside Approach
Born and raised in Ithaca, New York, I have been around Cornell University my entire life. Being around a college campus like this even as a child taught me many things. For one, it was where I gained my passion for technology.
Being a young developer that could see the world around me, I doubted my abilities. When selecting colleges, I chose not to go with technology as a major, but with Business Management, instead. I first thought this was a grave mistake, and regretted it for quite some time..
Then, in September of 2009, I started work at my new college's IT department as a Web Applications team member. I was the only non-computer related major in the entire office. What I once considered a curse, I came to realize was a blessing. I could communicate with many different people. I could think and speak in business and marketing terms, while still having a programmers' mindset. It was fate.
Technology, Business, Marketing
It was in 2009 that I realized what I had actually set myself up for: there were hundreds of people studying computers and web development, but how many were able to effectively communicate with other departments of a business?
SUNY Alfred took me beyond self-study, and gave me knowledge, and honed my abilities. Robert Morris University had turned me into a valuable member of the team. Being able to understand every side of a project is what seperates me from those with a degree only in computer science.