My First Website After a Long Absence

Published: Sept. 30, 2017, 7:29 a.m.

A photo of a Garibaldi, OR camping spot with green overlayed countdown text

For 12 years I wanted to be a doctor. I went to college planning on attending medical school, but I decided that I needed a backup plan. The only other thing that held my interest at the time was computer science. I was pretty good at it too. So I went to college and majored in CS for the first 3 years. The prerequisites for medical school were so many that I became closer to finishing a degree in Biology than in CS. I decided to switch into Biology and didn't look back until I realized, about a year ago now, that I did not want to be a doctor.

At that point I had acquired at least 5,000 hours of experience in health care, primarily from working as a CNA at the best hospital in Oregon: OHSU. I was a float CNA, meaning that I went to 24 different units in total and up to 3 different units per 12.5 hour night shift. The work was hard, but it was as rewarding as I wanted to make it. While working at the hospital I got to see a lot of what doctor's (and medical students) deal with on the daily. I love helping people, but I believe that this is the only life I have, and I was not willing to give up 10 years of it (all the while hating myself), or to go over one-third a million dollars in debt so that I could work more with insurance paper work and live at a hospital where a good portion of your patients loathe you.

I had to ask myself, "What now?" I had a biology degree, but I could not find a graduate degree that I was eligable for and that I found interesting. After much thought I decided that I would make money as a web developer until I paid off my undergraduate debt and had enough savings to pursue a phd in physics. During the last 2 months I worked at OHSU I read and took notes on over 600 pages of textbook material relating to HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, and other technologies. The first website I made after coming back to CS was the image you see above. It was a countdown timer for a great camping trip I had with my wife, and best friends.


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Sept. 30, 2017, 9:39 a.m.
Empress of the Universe

I love it!