A lot of new things have happened since I last updated my blog.
First, you might notice some new changes to my portfolio. I wanted to re-brand myself to show that not only can I be taken seriously as a data analyst, but that I know how to communicate. Initially, I didn't want to add my journalism background to my new portfolio. Then I realized that I have nothing to be ashamed off of my background.
I am self-taught in statistics, Python, R and SQL. Before and after work, I will sit in front of my laptop hours on end making sure I get a handle of things that will come in handy for when I'm ready to take over the data world. I have taken pride in my ability to tell a story and the fact that I can use that skill in my new career. That is why I kept my journalism experience in my portfolio. I want people to know that I mean serious business in my storytelling skills.
Another major update is that I got accepted into both masters programs that I had applied to earlier this year. Never would have thought that I would have gotten into Syracuse or the University of Texas at Austin. While both programs will provide me with the education and experience I want and need, I have decided to attend the University of Texas at Austin.
I also turned 24. While I had to work a closing shift on my actual birthday, I got to celebrate with my friends a few days later. I had a pinata, a cake and more tequila. I ended the celebration by seeing my favorite band, Panic! at the Disco, perform at the Frank Erwin Center.
The last thing that has been different is my work schedule. Recently, I've been working the night shift at my job, which has caused me to be behind in my self-taught education. I am happy to say that I now work mornings (most of the time, at least) and I can finally focus on getting down on programming and learning skills that I can use in my classes this fall.
I am a long way from where I was a few months ago. I was not confident in my future and I was confused on what I wanted to do. Thankfully, with my startup job and my new skills, I am more certain on where I want to be post-graduation. I am not ready to share those plans, per se, but big things are coming.
Welcome to my [new] life.
P.S. If you're interested in the pinata, click here.