This is the first blog I have ever posted on the internet (I had a class where we had to blog about topics from the class but it was an internal blog so only the classmates were able to see it.) I guess the best way to go about it is simply introducing me to the world.

I recently graduated from University of Missouri – St. Louis with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, emphasis on Technical Writing and English, and a Professional Writing certificate. Honestly, I didn’t plan this out until the last two, maybe three, semesters of school. In fact, Language Arts use to be my most hated subject in elementary and middle school.

What I really want to do (and plan on pursuing) is web development. In high school, I decided to drop out of a class a few days into the new semester and decided the class titled Web Development sounded interesting. Though my teacher warned me that I was initially behind class I was able to pick up on the material quickly and fell in love. I decided that’s what I was going to be.

At my local community college, St. Charles Community, I took some web development classes along with core education classes and graduated in 2007. I attended University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) and was suddenly confused when I was told that the university didn’t have any major for web development but they had two majors similar to it. One was Information Science and the other was Computer Science. Unfortunately neither suited my interest nor skill. After tooling around in a large variety of classes I decided to simply finish my education career as soon as possible.

On the bright side, I have been endowed with a large variety of skills ranging from mathematics, dynamic programming, English, chemistry, literature, and even a little bit of Japanese history (if anybody can figure that one out…). Now that some years have passed since high school, I have learned that though I cannot specialize in any one subject, I’m best at learning just a little bit about everything.

I’ve also found myself being more scholarly, wanting to read and understand classic novels ranging from George Orwell, H. G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, Lo Kwan-Chung (Romance of the Three Kingdoms, one of China’s oldest novels), and Sun Tzu. I’ve also come to really like novels about science fiction utopias (hence Orwell and Huxley along with Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and Atwood’s Oryx and Crake).

As I wrap up my long winded introduction I will be thinking of other topics to write about, probably suggesting more books too.

Until then,



Rick B.

UMSL Graduate with Wide Variety of Experience

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