First Day of Pre-College: Game Design Program at DigiPen

Today my son and I embarked on a four week journey in Seattle, Washington. Recently he was accepted into DigiPen’s Pre-College Program which consists of classes from 9am to 4:15pm in the Principles of Game Design, Computer Science (for Designers), Interactive Narrative and Character Creation and a Team Project.

Since I wasn’t about to fly my teenage kid up to Seattle to fend for himself for 4 weeks in a hotel, I got permission from my company to work remotely and we hopped on a plane and headed up to Seattle and specifically Redmond.

This morning, Raymond Yan, the Senior VP for K-12 Programs spoke to all the pre-college students and their parents. He said some things that really stuck out to me:

Good is not good enough. You must be remarkable!

Projects are the most challenging. It’s the differing opinions that make up a good product.

You’re going to have to put yourself out there. You need help, ask for help!

I hope my son takes Raymond’s great advice to heart and I can’t wait to see what he creates for his project!!


The End of an Era

Today was my last day at Cricket Wireless.

I started at Cricket back in October 2011 as a contractor for the Device Engineering group.  I sat in a different area than the rest of my group and minded my own business for the most part.  I handled the device requirements for Cricket and worked with the different phone manufacturers (Samsung, HTC, LG, ZTE, RIM, etc.) on locking down the features for the phones that Cricket would market.

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Finally Completed and Received my DCA Certificate!!

I finally did it!  I completed my Design Communication Arts candidacy from UCLA Extension and received my certificate!

I embarked on this journey back in January 2009 because as a web developer, I wanted to get a better feel for the design aspect of the business. Little did I know, it would take me almost 6 years to complete it and only because it took me over a year to complete my portfolio for review!!

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