This section is a bit life story and a bit resume. Please read on if you want some insight into the person I am today.
After graduating high school in 2006 I went to Kent State University, following in the footsteps of my mother and sister, and now my brother is attending too. My choice was between the only two schools that I applied to, Kent and Baldwin-Wallace. In hindsight, I know it was divine intervention for me to not attend BW but I’ll get into that later.
College was relatively uneventful. My main goal in school was to work all the jobs I could so I would be most marketable after school. I was a web developer for a stint, I managed a convenience store on campus, I had an internship for the geographic information systems department of The Davey Tree Expert Company, and my longest gig was being a Professional Apprentice for the Sherwin-Williams Paint Co where I worked for the Treasury IT department.
After four and a half grueling years I graduated from Kent with a degree in Computer Information Systems. (Plus minors in International Business, Political Science, and Computer Science. Yeah I’m tooting my horn here.) If you remember 2010 (and 2+ years on either side of it) the job market was not so good for new grads. But I got super lucky, now I would call it blessed, to score a job the week before graduation.
A month after I walked I packed up my things with the extensive help of my family and moved to Kansas City to work for the healthcare IT company, Cerner. Over the next year and a half, I was single and in the big city and really grew a lot. I got placed in a role that was more demanding than any school work could have prepared me for. On the phone half my day and traveling frequently, my refuge was coming home to get my rabbit (read as bunny rabbits, I have two.) and Xbox time in. After a few months and a kick in the pants from the corporate health screenings I decided to start training for triathlons.
I dropped 20ish lbs and started competing. It’s been nearly a year since my last, due to personal budgetary constraints, but the 15 or so I compete in culminated in the 2012 DNF around the bike’s 50 mile mark of the Kansas Half Ironman. There is little that can prepare a person for 100 degree weather and intense headwinds…
Anyhow, jumping back to 2011, I was back in Ohio for my cousin’s wedding and met my soon to be wife. The only reason she spoke to me was because I was talking about triathlons to my mother while waiting for food. (If you listen to the way she tells the story it’s because a bird pooped on me but I know she couldn’t have resisted this charm.)
Meeting Jess was what really brought me to Christ. I spent as much time as I could pursuing a relationship with her the right way and learning more about how to have a real relationship. We spent hours on skype and every chance I could I would fly back to Cleveland to see her at Baldwin-Wallace. The divine intervention part of this is that she dated one of best friend’s room mates at BW, so I would have likely known her by living there too and we probably wouldn’t be together.
After she finally(!) agreed to date me and a year of long distance she “convinced” me to transfer to the Ohio office so we could be near each other while she attends medical school. Hence the name of this website.
Now I live in rural Ohio, near my parent and near her, working on both Cerner’s Long Term Care solution and the full EMR. As far as I’m concerned, my life is on the right track and I wouldn’t change anything.
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