Although I have accomplished plenty in my 24 years of life on this Earth, I never expected to find myself studying digital marketing at Udacity, an online school based in the San Francisco area. During the summer months of 2017, I was at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, Wisconsin with the hopes of completing an associate’s degree in laboratory science. I was optimistic in the beginning, but by August and near the end of the semester, I wasn’t happy being there anymore. I had taken courses that were repetitive and progressed slowly to where I was overly bored despite the massive workload I always quickly completed. In many cases, I completed assignments several weeks ahead of my classmates.
To keep myself from being bored with school, I started exploring the courses in the Android Basics program at Udacity, which I was deeply excited by despite the overall difficulty of the curriculum. Out of everything I could have done instead to diminish my boredom during that semester, I picked that for one reason alone: I was interested in the subject because I needed the skillset for a business idea I have.
On that note, I returned to Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin, where I originally started my education to use the internet at that campus instead. However, as I was slowly progressing through the curriculum in the Android Basics program at Udacity, I found myself intrigued by another program: digital marketing. Like most things in life, I wasn’t interested in something until I decided to check out the details for myself. I clicked on the link that brought me to the webpage and watched the short video on the Nanodegree. Before the video ended, I was already blown away by what I had viewed. Digital marketing, a skillset I never was interested in, turned out to be something I needed desperately for two reasons. Reason number one, I’m a creative writer, and I had been searching for a way to discover how to market my books to potentially make a living from my writing. Reason number two, digital marketing was a skillset necessary for the successfulness of my business idea: start a blockchain business meant to disrupt the publishing industry.
With less than three days until the September term for digital marketing at Udacity began, I purchased access to the curriculum and waited to begin on that Monday. I sat down at a small desk in the library at Fox Valley Technical College near the wall of windows on the far east side and watched the videos that featured the Udacity digital marketing instructors. I knew I was in the right place though I know Udacity isn’t the last institution I will learn new skills through. I felt relieved I finally had found what I needed to do most: follow my passions rather than the crowd. Thank goodness for this second chance at doing what’s most important to me.