R.J. Gordon

Definitely Secure - A Sort-of Security Blog

Life After High Shool

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It's been a while since I've written a blog post. I highly doubt anyone actually reads my blog, but who knows, maybe one day someone will take the time to skim through the archives of my tech-related life.

Things have been going fairly good for me as of late. Last June I graduated High School- a feat that felt like it took a millennia to accomplish, yet somewhat paradoxically, retrospectively feels like it went by in the blink of an eye. I remember the first day of freshman year- walking into a school that dwarfed the one which held me prior, scared, anxious, and not sure what to expect. I've come a long way since then. To this day I maintain that going to Assabet Valley RTHS was the singular best decision I ever made in my entire life. I accomplished more there than I had ever even considered aspiring to previously. I don't want to brag (okay, that's a lie, I very much would like to brag), but here's a list of the various awards I earned while at Assabet:

  • 3rd in the Country in Computer Security (BPA)
  • 8th in the Country in Information Technology Concepts (BPA)
  • 2nd in the State of MA in Computer Programming Concepts (BPA)
  • 2nd in the State of MA in PC Servicing & Troubleshooting (BPA)
  • 1st in the District in Computer Programming (SkillsUSA)

In earning those, I was sent to California and Boston, stayed in many hotels and met incredible people I never would have otherwise. None of that would have been possible if I stayed at a normal comprehensive high school.

In fact, I'm so fond of Assabet, that I haven't actually left yet. Last year I began working as a part-time tech-savvy assistant for Assabet After Dark, Assabet's adult education program. This year, I'm working as a full-time employee, working under the IT Director for the entire school four hours a day, and working under the Assabet After Dark Director four hours a day.

In a sense, not much has changed in my daily life. I still wake up everyday and drive to Assabet. I see my teachers, many of my younger friends, and just like during shop-weeks I fix various problems around the school. There are, however, some new perks. Firstly, I don't have to be at the school until noon, which means I get to sleep in everyday- this is perhaps the greatest feature any job could offer me, ever. Second, I get paid now, and a decently more than the minimum-wage I was receiving when I was only working part-time last year.

I've only just started working with IT frequently- the entire first month of school I was pretty much only with Assabet After Dark for the whole 8 hours, as that was where I was needed the most. As I begin to transition into allocating more and more of my time to IT, I'm getting curious as to exactly what they'll be having me do there. It'll be interesting to see what projects they come up with for me. I'm also really looking forward to get an up-close and personal look at what a real life enterprise network looks internally. You can know everything about servers, run a VPS, and even simulate a business scenario in a virtualized machine, but until you actually see everything in action- how the various people work together and how real-life comprises are made, you are still operating solely in the theoretical.

This is also nice because while my academic qualifications are pretty fantastic (for those understand that 4-years in a tech program is better than an associates), I don't have much experience in a real-life business setting beyond the work I've done for the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley. Now I can finally get that experience.

I also plan to move out of my house soon. Possibly start an online computer repair business or something of the sort. Who knows. I'm a 19 year old kid, fresh out of high school, and the world is my oyster. What could possibly go wrong, right? Right.

See ya next time.

Tags: high school, reflection, assabet, work history