Ah … this one. Yes, school has not always been, in the past, my proudest venture. I graduated high school at seventeen and immediately went to the local junior college, Grand Rapids Community College. I was that cliche listless student. I had no idea what I was doing or what I wanted to do. I was in college because I was supposed to be, and because of this, I put it lowest on my priorities.
I gave up on college pretty quickly, and I decided to train myself in web design. For a number of years, I worked, making pretty good money designing websites and putting my wife through school. The plan was that when she finished, I would go back to school. Well, that time came, and I was unprepared.
Go east, young man. My wife was able to get a teaching job on the east side of Michigan, so we had to pack up and move. There, I began to think of what I wanted to do. I realized that I had been writing and reading fiction all the way through, and it was the pursuit of mine that most consumed my mind. Because of this, I decided to pursue English and Creative Writing at Eastern Michigan University.
At EMU. I was terrified of failing again, so I worked very hard through school. I was able to graduate with honors at EMU with a GPA of 3.84. I was and am proud of this. I involved myself wholly in the school, using my love of English and my web design skills to help produce two publications: a school magazine to feature student writing called em-Journal, and a website devoted to the poet Muriel Rukeyser.
In the end, I graduated with English as my major and I minored in History and Creative Writing.