Life Update [No .1]
Another year has come to pass and I still have no clue what I'm doing with my life. The last time that I did a Life Update probably was the beginning of college, but that is not posted on this website or anywhere for that matter. I may not have even written it. It could be something of my imagination. So let me start at the beginning of 2017 for this life update.
In January, I was employed at a small little non-profit or not-for-profit business, legally never understood our standing because the company meddled in treacherous waters with the government depending on the label of the company. I had been working with the company since October and I didn't feel like I enjoyed working at the company because I didn't feel involved on anything that the company was doing. I worked as their IT person. My job highly required me knowing the Salesforce platform, but the company learned that I planned on going back to school, so they didn't want to send me to training and then they would complain that I wasn't able to do something because of my lack of training on the platform. The more time I spent with the company, the less and less that they used me for my skills and I ended up going part time with the company instead of being there for a full 8 hours a day because I wanted to be able to have free reign of my life so that I can start a blog and an online career. If you are currently reading this, then I must thank you for reading my blog.
Later on in January was PAX South. Months before, I decided to put in a volunteer form to be one of the Enforcers for the event and I was selected to be one. I had only previously been to two other gaming conventions and on my third time I would work one? I was surprised! I wanted to know what it was like to be on the other side of the gaming convention. Since I had previously been a participant in the PAX experience, I wanted to understand what the Enforcers went through. I thought that I would be a good candidate because I had previously been in entertaining roles at Six Flags and haunted attractions. I have a great yelling voice, and I do believe that I could get a crowd of people riled up for events if needed. The experience of working as a PAX Enforcer is like none other, although it does have some of the same characteristics of other jobs. It is a stressful environment to some, and there will be people that would like to see if they can disobey orders. Since I had worked at places that required me to understand the human body language for emotional outbursts, I could easily spot those that I could contact and those that I couldn't. I could also spot those that would need guidance to one of the safe areas at the convention. The safe areas allow for the participant to cool off and enjoy themselves as they sit or munch on some food in a quiet relaxing room. This would allow their emotions to return to a normal state so that they would feel comfortable again to visit the attractions of the convention. I have never been to PAX South, but I had been to PAX East which is in Boston in March, I thought that PAX South would've been bigger than it was. It was a shocker to realize how small the convention actually was. It still had the same strong impact on me that PAX East did, but I could walk the EXPO floor within a matter of minutes, while at PAX East, it could take me an hour to get from one end of the EXPO floor to the other side.
Nothing that stands out to me currently happened to me in February other than handing in all of my college transfer applications. So I will skip to March, the month of PAX East. I bought my tickets to PAX East the first day that I could because I know that they sell out almost immediately; or at least, Friday and Saturday passes do anyway. I used to attend college in Boston and I still had some friends that would be there during the Spring Break so that I could crash there during PAX East. For the entirety of PAX East, I probably spent nearly $600 on merchandise and I couldn't be happier with my purchases. Also, while attending PAX East, I spent way more time at panels than I did anywhere else. I went to a total of 13 panels, which are an hour to two hours long depending on the panel, so anywhere from 13 to 26 hours in panels. The panels that I attended usually had the main theme of entering the Gaming Industry which is something that I highly want to do because I enjoy the community, have been playing video games all my life, and I love to code and I think that I would enjoy myself most if I were programming video games. I don't mind not having the highest salary if I enjoy what I'm doing. Isn't my one life on this Earth supposed to be spent how I wish it to be and if I wish to be happy, I will be happy no matter what? Then there were also panels for other interests of mine and the occasional weird one like 'Romance in Video Games' in which they talked about a game that you date an anime horse with the face of a human. I wrote a blog post on that as well because I got addicted to the game and still play it occasionally.
In April I was let go of my position at the small company and I heard back from a majority of the colleges that I applied to. Only one of the colleges accepted me, so April was kinda an emotional rollercoaster for me. The company had let me go because they had hired and finished training of the guy that would replace me. They had sent him to the specified Salesforce training, but the new guy could be leaving sooner than I would've been. Since the company makes all hires to sign a code of conduct that states that the position could be terminated without any reason and also the employee could leave at any time without any reason, my replacement could leave the company at any time leaving the company at a loss of five thousand dollars for the training. While, with me, they had a predetermined time at which I would be leaving the company and therefore they were guaranteed that I would work for them up to my leave, but they didn't want to go a pre-defined path and now they lie in a state of chance.
Now it is May, and I will be going on a streaming hiatus because I will be traveling up to New Jersey in order to get everything done with college in the next couple of weeks. I don't know when I will be able to return to my streaming and therefore will be updating everyone as it goes along. I am quite sorry for leaving, but it is necessary for me to continue on with my career. I will be continuing to write blogs when I can!