Back to School

Mark Key
Unit 6
Narrative Essay First Draft

Returning to School at the Age of 49
Making the decision to go back to at the age of 49 was a tough decision. There are many different reasons for making such a commitment.   I chose the field of education because of my love for technology.   I mainly am focusing on Networking, Server and working with the physical aspects of the computer.   I have been working with computers for about ten years.   I started just because of the fact I didn’t want to pay someone to fix my computer when I felt I could do it myself.   My first experience was when I purchased my first computer, and I needed a new hard drive.   I bought one and attempted to put it in myself.   I could not get it to work.
Frustrated and angry, I took it to Best Buy and had them install it.   Fifty dollars later, I was told I had the cable backwards.   This set the stage for a long and enriching love of computers.   I seem to have a knack for it.   It was amazing how I took to it.   Everything I read, heard and experienced made sense to me.   For the first time in my life, I felt like this was easy.   I could remember it and apply it. I soon started to help others and was getting calls from people with computer questions.   With the Internet at my disposal, I had a library of vast knowledge and resources.
It became so common place that my wife at the time, suggested I start charging people for my time.   I soon had a small business running out of my basement and I named it “Key PC.”   I still do computer work for my clients, but I closed shop officially a couple of years ago.
I am currently employed at a waste water treatment plant here in Madison, WI.   I have been there nearly twenty years.   I started as janitor, and worked my way up to Waste Water Operator, (technician).   “Every day is shitty.” Sorry, little waste water humor.   I work twelve hour days on a rotating schedule, (three days on, and three days off), 6:30 am to 6:30 pm.   It is a swing shift, meaning...