• A little bit about me:
I’m a 30-year old college student in his last year at Portland State University where I study Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.  I’m originally from Portland and have lived here for most of my life, except for a few years when my family lived on Mather Air Force base outside of Sacramento, CA and the two years I spent as a missionary in Utah. I’ve been married to my beautiful wife Melissa since February of 2008, I publish a small webcomic with my friend Scott Rogers and I work for a financial adviser in Clackamas.
• A little bit about what got me here:

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.

• A little bit about my blog:
I’ll be the first to admit that this is a strange blog. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a blog that talks about financial topics but also has an art gallery.  It’s all part of who I am, though, and I think many people are the same: the parts that make us up can seem totally incongruous, but somehow they form a cohesive whole.

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