May 2000, just finished my last day in high school and will be crossing the stage. In three months, I will begin a journey in the world of learning. My mind a empty hard drive ready to be loaded with new software and updates.
As I move away from home, to a university dorm, and then to my own apartment, I learned a variety of things. Some of these things self-taught, some learned by taking a class, and some requiring time and practice to learn. Throughout my years attending college I learned how to dance by joining a dance club and reinforcing it with a class, private lessons, plus going to the clubs and social dancing. Dancing is like any sport where you have to practice in order to get better and it helps to have a dance partner to.
The internet began to take over our life when I was attending college. I began to teach my self html and css to built my personal website,plus to add it as a skill that I could sale to employers. During my last three years in college I took addition classes such as photoshop and programming to enhance the skills I already acquired.
Living in an apartment also meant frequent visits to the swimming pool area during the spring/summer seasons. A get away visit from all the learning and stress of attending a big university. I was never a big fan of hanging around the pool area beside the beautiful college girls working on their tan and wearing their bikini. One reason is that I didn’t know how to swim, so I stayed away. In fact I was just never taught how to swim when I was little. It just happened that I needed an elective class and an easy class to boast my gpa, so I took a beginner swimming class. I took the class three times. Each time improving and learning how to swim and float. By the end of my first time enrolled in the class, I learned and mastered how to float. The second time I got down how to breath when doing the free style and still practicing how to recover when I needed to stop awhile in the pool. The toughest challenge was being able to tread water awhile being in the olympic swimming pool. I was finally able to do that when I took the class again for a third time. Yes!, a third time, but it paid off in the end. I was comfortable swimming on my own and now I had a good reason to hang out at the pool area. Any guy would say, just to check out the beautiful girls is a good enough reason. For me, now I wouldn’t feel like the only one in the pool who would just sit and stand in the pool and couldn’t swim.