I come from one of those ‘multiple college attempts’ backgrounds.
I began in 2010. I went to Southern Utah University for two years with dreams of becoming an Ethnomusicology Professor (a professor that teaches/studies a culture and its music. I transferred to the more prestigious University of Utah with that dream, where I realized in the first semester how little I cared to think about music after I left school each day. I gave up the idea of pursuing music. I took another semester there exploring business, culinary arts, programming, and philosophy. I dropped out after that - just one full year at the University of Utah.
I took a year to work, hang out with friends, and start studying the video games industry (whilst playing a lot of various games.) I read dev blogs, listened to podcasts, and worked on the design of a game my sister and I came up with some time ago. I dreamed about becoming a Game Designer. Yet, first, I wanted to “cash in” on all the college I’ve done and transfer my credits to Utah Valley University to get my Associate’s degree. I took two semesters there, one of which involved an aptitude test for some reason that I cannot remember.
This aptitude test amusingly suggested that my “best job suggestion” was to involve a lot of programming, which I had no particular interest in (I always burn out when I have attempted to learn the nuances of programming languages). Then, it suggested ‘User Experience Designer’ as the 2nd best. I had never heard of that before and so I Googled this new set of words and became enamored with this idea of considering human needs/uses for design work.
I left UVU after that semester, and moved to Seattle to finally try and leave Utah. I burned through my savings and didn’t find work. So, with the last of my pennies, I drove back to Utah.
My uncle let me stay at his place for a while. He told me that he would have me pay $300 a month, and I could earn money by doing yard work and doing skill studies. I studied Game Design, UX Design, and Philosophy on my own for almost a year. I decided that pursuing a career in UX Design would be able to give me valuable work experience that I could later translate into Game Design, which is my ultimate dream. I learned about trade school bootcamps, did some research, then attended the UX/UI ‘Immersive’ Course at DevMountain, SLC.
And here I am! Fresh out of an earnest 3 months of training and looking to break my way into the Design Industry. I am still studying UX, and I am doing a little UX work for a local company. Onwards and upwards I move on from here.