I was born in raised in the Chicagoland area and now currently reside near Milwaukee, WI. I entered into the Information Technology field when I decided to go back to school in my mid-20s after working customer service for many years. I had wanted to do something that would constantly challenge me, and since there are so many options available to work towards in the technology field, I thought why not go for it.
I went through a two-and-a-half year program online to get an Associate's Degree in Network Systems Administration while I continued working full-time. My job at the time was working nights which worked out perfectly for going back to school. It was at this time I moved to Wisconsin, this was one of the reasons that online school really benefited my life choices at the time. I was extremely lucky when I found a job in IT about six months before I graduated which offered on the job training. The fact they I was going to be trained on-site was an amazing opportunity that I couldn't pass up.
Throughout my first official position in IT, I found processes and projects that seemed intriguing, ultimately leading me into learning web development. My brain tends to think in patterns, and what I found when first learning to code was that this related to how my mind figured out the world around me.
I enjoy many aspects of IT support work as well as expanding my knowledge and working in development and design on the web. I believe strongly that caring about what I do, and actually enjoying it, is a reward in itself.