Previous to studying Business at PSU, I was an aspiring Graphic Artist at the Art Institute of Portland and before that a Creative Writing major at Clackamas Community College. Community college was interrupted by the abrupt realization that I wasn’t ready to start attending college right out of high school. I began attending the Art Institute of Portland several years later in January of 2003, after working for four years and then serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
I stayed at AiPD for almost one year, until the incessant reminders from instructors that potential employers wouldn’t care what degree I had or where I had studied finally made me ask: “Then why am I paying so much to go here?” After realizing that an entire term’s tuition at Portland State would cost me the same amount I was paying out of pocket at the Art Institute (after two grants and two loans, no less), I decided it was time for a change. I began attending PSU that next term and picked up a minor in Business Administration.
A year into my studies I realized that I had everything backward and decided to major in Business Administration and minor in Graphic Design. Eventually I dropped Graphic Design altogether, although I still publish a small webcomic as a hobby.