I’m the youngest of 4 kids, and I’ve always been partial to my Daddy. He’s the kind of Dad that would take me out on dates to the movies, or I’d come home from school to a brand new Disney movie (on VHS) sitting in my room. Being the youngest, yeah, I was probably pretty spoiled. My Daddy is a computer genius though. When I was a teenager in the early 90’s we had a computer with a modem. He would do work from home, and so we had to have it. The awesome part about this was that in order to have the modem, we had to have a second phone line to the house. I was a teenager… so when my Dad didn’t need to use the computer, that extra phone line was ALL MINE! Definitely before the age of texting, but I LOVED having my very one phone line! Truthfully, I can’t remember a time in our home when we DIDN’T have a computer (and while that’s not a big deal these days, for a 34 year old, it’s almost unheard of). I was playing on DOS (the operating system prior to Windows) while I was still playing with Barbie’s. I guess you could say that this, coupled with the fact that I adored my Daddy, definitely gave me the foundation to want to be in the IT industry. It’s definitely not the full reason though. When I was in high school, there was a boy I had a huge crush on. We were good friends, but I really wanted to be his girlfriend (which never actually worked out, but we did go to Prom together!).
He was totally into computers. He was even in a special class in his high school where they would take apart computers, and build them and what not. I’d get on the computer just so I could communicate with him. I joined a BBS (very old school chat room type things called Bulletin Board Systems or BBS) and we could communicate via email on that system. Since we went to different schools it was one of the best ways we could chat with each other. One day, in trying to prove my computer knowledge to him he said “I don’t know if you want to take Computer Science in college, it’s going to be REALLY hard”. That was it. I NEEDED to show him that I could do just as well as he could in Computer Science classes. Call me stubborn, but I really wanted to impress him with my tech skills! So, I got into computers to impress a guy, and to impress my Dad. Fortunately for me, I found that I really loved working with computers. I loved figuring out problems, and fixing them! In my current job as an IT manager, one of the best parts of my job is working a problem, and working it, and trying to figure out why it’s not working properly, and then… finally… I find the right answer! I apply the fix, and BAM, everything starts working again! It’s such a rush of excitement and joy! Also, fortunately for me, it’s a GREAT field to work in that just continues to grow and expand as technology grows. One of the best days of my life was the day my Father, the computer genius, had to call me to ask me a question about Windows (he usually works on Linux). I was able to fix his problem, and was SO excited about it!
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