This article is the sixth part of My Journey; a story of my life and where I’ve lived. To start from the beginning click here.
As High School graduation approached in 2001 I started debating what I would do. That’s when I came up with my 10 year plan.
My parents didn’t have the financial ability to pay for college but I knew I wanted to go. I also knew I wanted a career in a technical field. Coming from a military family the answer seemed obvious: I would join the military myself. While in I would learn a skill that would help me to achieve my end-goal of having a technical career. From there I would earn a way to pay for college. After getting off active duty, I would use my GI Bill to get an advanced degree. My thought was that in total it would take me about 10 years to achieve these goals.
I was right, for the most part. I ended up enlisting in the U.S. Air Force shortly after graduating high school. It was July of 2001. The career (AFSC) that I chose was an electronics technician for weather and navigational equipment on the runway. I was told that I would have to wait until October of 2001 to leave for basic training. In September the greatest tragedy to hit american soil would take place forever changing the landscape of New York City. What followed was a whirlwind of confusion. I left for basic training in October as planned only now the security level of military (and the country as a whole) was on the highest alert.
My 6 years of active duty had me continue to relocated every few years. I spent time living in Texas, Georgia, and Mississippi (twice). I even spent a year in Honduras! I was able to obtain my Associates during that time but in 2007 it was time for me to continue to the next step of my plan: college. I started at Louisiana Tech University studying Electrical Engineering Technology and minoring in Spanish. I graduated in 2012 and took a job at an engineering company. Upon taking that job I had successfully completed my 10 year plan (even though it took me 11 years).
That engineering company is how I ended up in California and subsequently founding L.L. Photography. But that’s a story for a future time.
To be continued…