Tuesday, September 21, 2010
IT Crowd v1.5
Last week marked my first full month in the IT program. For some of the stuff I've been doing it's been years since I last had exposure to it and some stuff has changed, while some hasn't.
In the very early BRUTAL morning I work on computer repair and problem-solving. We either take specific pieces out and/or have to troubleshoot what is wrong with the system. Our instructor messes with various things before the class.
I got some help from Cthulhu. Actually his static filled little body is pretty dangerous near most parts inside the box. However, he couldn't resist jumping up on the workbench and taking a look.
After what is sometimes an epic repair session I get ready for my Java programming class. Our end project will be a game and our final will consist of the professor and any invited friends playing the game and rating it. That's pretty cool. I really enjoy programming languages. Aside from that I also have a night class working in systems design. It has a really great format.
My networking course and lab comes last and consists of going through prep to take the network certification. We've gotten to play with some fun gadgets in there such as this meter that emits infrared.
I also had a lot of fun in there making a CAT-5 cable which is now hooking up the laptop I use to stream web shows on my TV to the router.
I am really pleased with my decision to pursue an IT degree even though I'm nearing 30 and had a completely different career path in my past. It's worth it and I really encourage others, especially other girls to consider this degree. At least take some classes if you are in school or thinking about going back. It's never too late!