Return of the Mad Hatter

Hello everyone!  How’s the year been?  I hope well!

So, just to post up, I’ve been on a “journey” if wanna say, in finding out on life outside college.  It’s awesome to see so many hits on the blog since I’ve last posted!  My goal will be to try to get something new up every month this year.  So, look out for more UX posts, rants, and discussions from me!

Ah, and:  User First Designer Second,  Immerse yourself in the chaos that is Design, and Go Crazy with Usability.


Reminiscence of a Mad Hatter

Alright ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for another real talk moment.  I’m sure many of you had reached a point in your life where everything’s about to change, and you come to think about the memories you’ve made.

4 and four months ago there was a nervous eighteen year-old teen standing in an unknown ground called college.  This teen had one thought:  I’m at college!  Video games took much of his time, and in his major he thought he wanted to do video game modeling.  He eventually met people who became friends in his cramped dorm.  The room he had to live in was ridiculously small!  Whenever he would go to the dining court he would pile food mountain-high on his tray (seriously!) and destroy it.

Time crept on by, and that teen began to change.  He began to really focus on what he wanted to be, started dabbling in different areas of his major.  He began taking more risks, becoming more driven to accomplish something more.  Eventually he found something he began to enjoy:  UX.  He saw something fun, something challenging with it.  Above all, he saw a way to enhance something for the benefit of people.

Fast forward again, and this now 23 year old is sitting back remembering all the things he’s learned, all the friends he’s met, all the changes he’s seen in himself.  This 23 year old remembered how he came from a nervous teen to the Mad Hatter.

And now, the Mad Hatter’s curious:  How far will he go now?

——User First, Designer Second——

I’m Thankful

Ok, so real talk today.  I’m going to talk about what I’m thankful for in light of Thanksgiving.

The greatest thing I’m thankful for (besides getting this far in school, my family, my friends) is chance.

Without chance I don’t think anything in my life would be the way it is now.  It was by chance that I met the girl I love now.  I went to go say hi to a friend of mine and there she was.

It was by chance that I came across career opportunities I have coming out of school.  I happened to stop by this place during job fair on my way out and boom I have an opportunity.

It was by chance I came to be a part of an amazing team creating an amazing product in my capstone course.  There were many people that could’ve been chosen for the part, but I along with three awesome people were the ones deemed fit for the job.

It was by chance I came to my place of living.  I happened to be driving by looking for a new place to live for the new school year and I happened to glance over and see a lone apartment building.

I believe everything happens for a reason, and I believe I have been blessed with these chances.

——User First, Designer Second——