Web developer by trade. CS student at UoPeople, student ambassador, blogger, gamer, dad, hubby, enjoys fishing, building Lego, camping, blah blah etc etc – usually not in that order (in sequence or in magnitude).
Currently, I am a Computer Science student at University of the People, the first accredited tuition-free online university, and I’m very proud to be a part of it.
My full-time job is in web development, but I also tinker quite a bit with app, and game development too.
Born in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, I somehow ended up climbing the social ladder in a less conventional way than most. I started working full-time jobs at 16, living on my own at 17, then got married and had a son at 22. And now I’m trying to go to school. I’ve worked hard enough, and long enough trying to value hands-on skills and self-learned education, rather than sinking myself into debt for a higher education (which nowadays, does not guarantee a good job). But now that I’m older, more experienced and have gained new perspectives, I am trying to work my way into a higher education while still pursuing my own studies and endeavors.
My pass times have included things like dragon-boating, soccer, martial arts, and paintball. I’ve worked jobs as a dishwasher, landscaper, cleaner, labourer, machinist, cashier, burger flipper, and street busker. I’ve programmed CNC lathes, mills, and surface grinders. I’ve driven forklifts, excavators, commercial lawnmowers and dump trailers. I’ve terminated HV cables inside of wind turbines, transformers, and switch gears, and have worked on solar farms where I helped build electrical substations from the ground up.
And… I still play Pokemon.
Although it may not be my absolute favourite pass time anymore, and I honestly don’t really have enough time to play through these gems like I did as a kid, I still feel like it says a lot about who I am in just a few words. I’m still a kid. Just a big imaginative kid with a lot of big responsibilities! That kid is also a little bit nerdy.
I’ve made money doing many many things, but I long to make money as a professional game programmer. Or really any solid career that is closely related to working with and programming computers such as web development or software engineering. But making games is what the 8-year-old kid playing Pokemon yellow under his covers with a flashlight – waa-a-ay past his bedtime – would probably tell me to do!