This is my first-ever blog post as a programming student.

When I graduated from college 4 years ago, I never thought I'd go back to school again. I don't dislike learning, I just think school does a terrible job simulating to the outside world. While in school, we tend to receive far more encouragements than criticisms; we tend to be placed in leadership positions based on age, seniority, or simply, lack of competition. But the outside world is very different. One begins as an entry-level employee at a very large firm, typically even bigger than most universities, faces many obligations (the heaviest of which is the financial obligation of obtaining the material possessions which we desire, the most burdensome of which include a mortgage and a car). At that point, it is too easy for one to be caught up in the midst of "life" rather than to focus on any sort of dream or larger, wildly unthinkable goals.

I wanted to avoid that trap. I wanted to avoid taking paths that many have taken only to find out that it doesn't lead to where I want to be. I want to be a valuable asset to the world, not just a wealthy individual with material possessions that are only valuable because other people believe so.

This is why I'm signed up for this class. To learn. To try. To create.