This website is not about my military family or my possible resemblance to a taxi driver. It is about my academic and professional roles in society as well as my participation in several communities.
I traveled a non-traditional academic path, not realizing my career choice for several years. Once my Associate's Degree was completed I sought an undergraduate program that would facilitate my admission to the Library and Information Studies program at SUNY University at Buffalo. Roberts Wesleyan College provided that opportunity with its Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management degree program.
Participation in the Roberts program required a schedule adjustment for me. It was the first time in my life I reduced my total employers to one. I left a position at a local fitness center so I could use those hours for homework.
Hobbies were postponed at this time, too. Work on my truck continues to be sporadic during my studies. Participation in club events has been reduced from several times a month to twice a year. I canceled season tickets to the Rochester Americans. This enabled concentration on two primary focal points: family and school. Once I have completed my Master's Degree my hobbies will resume. Active membership clubs and community, the sharing of professional hockey with my son (Amerks and Sabres), and a return to the slopes are post-education goals.
I enjoy my job immensely. It is never the same two days in a row. Patrons, database quirks, and software updates provide a variety of experiences and learning opportunities in the workplace. My department is a self-managed team that functions efficiently and effectively under strong leadership. Judicial and non-judicial employees rely on the library for legal research tools. Public access libraries in each county provide non-lawyers access to the same materials used by lawyers and judges in the courts.
A favorite vacation is the road trip. My son loves the hotels and play dough that are constants in each trip. Play dough, a cookie sheet, and cookie cutters will keep a child occupied for several hours on the road. Better than a DVD player, he shares creations and observations as we travel. Life is fast-paced, vacations are not.
School after forty has been a wonderful experience. I may be the oldest student in a class or two, but I have much to learn from my classmates. Their observations and opinions share a different perspective, reminding me that I have more to learn.