Working at the same dead end job each day motivated me to go back to school. I wanted to get more out of life and have a better paycheck. I applied for SJSU financial aid and received a nice grant to take come computer science classes so that I could learn programming languages. I had a little difficulty with the courses because it wasn’t easy to understand the concepts behind how the languages worked. Programming is tied into math, and since my math skills are a little bit rusty, things became more complicated, although my math skills weren’t that great in the first place.
I put all of my free time into studying the course material and learning as much as possible. I was still working at my job, so by the time I was ready to go to bed, I was exhausted. It was a price that I was willing to pay to have a better life. My friends would call me up and ask me if I wanted to hang out with them on the weekend, but I told them that I had to look at my class notes.
All of the hours of learning and studying paid off, because I was able to earn a computer science degree. I was amazed at how many jobs there were in the computer science field. I gave my old job my two weeks notice and moved right into a new one working at a tech start up for a web portal. The team of people that I work with is pretty small compared to the large group at my old job, but I make more money. Sometimes we have to meet important deadlines and take care of issues that may pop up, which can be a little hectic, but I don’t mind because I see it as a challenge.