Or, perhaps I did all along: I've always been interested in technology; capital-I Information; pedagogy; and building connections between and coalitions with people and ideas, especially in support of teaching and learning. I'm lucky to have arrived at a wonderful intersection of these interests but I did so in a roundabout way.
I matriculated at Vassar College with grand ambitions of becoming a Physicist. Five years and eight attempted majors later, I graduated having had relatively few constants in my time there.
Fortunately, one of them was my job at the Help Desk.
I became employed at Vassar's Computing and Information Services in an ignoble, roundabout way. Nachi-Blaster reared its ugly head just as I arrived on campus in 2003 and crippled our entire network. Each PC on campus--including mine--needed to be scanned and disinfected at the Crisis Response Center. Irate about our predicament and the procedure required to resolve it, my pre-major advisor--fiancée of my future boss--accompanied me to the Center and voiced his opinions to the CIS employees working there, among whom was his fiancée. Her withering glare completely silenced him; chagrined, he beat a hasty retreat and I asked "Hey, can I have a job?"
For the next five years, I immersed myself in the world of IT. I started off as a know-nothing punk scanning PCs for viruses and ended up becoming a student supervisor and technical coordinator. I learned quite a few hard and soft skills over the next few years, among many others: dedication, perseverance, outreach, relationship building, construction of a support network, troubleshooting techniques, user-centric support, and how to cope with the joys (and frustrations!) of working at a Liberal Arts college.
I graduated in 2008 with a focus in History, a diploma, wonderful memories, a skill set, a packed minivan, and no clear course. Neither graduate school nor gainful employment at Apple, Inc. or McDonald's was in the cards. Instead, I chose to set a course to familiar yet uncharted territory: I accepted a job as a Help Desk Support Specialist at Hamilton College.
While initially focused on professional-level user support, I quickly become interested in a variety of different projects and the work of several other teams--especially the Instructional Technology Services team, a group of people dedicated to exploring technology, capital-I Information, and pedagogy! I had finally found a professional and intellectual home! But it seemed like I could only dream of being able to work with this team. Fortunately, my IT department helped me realize that dream in January 2011: I am now an Educational Technologist and am paid to do what I love.
What was perhaps just a "job" after college has become a passionate pursuit and a lifelong career with infinite possibility and promise.