Master of Science in Information Assurance

By Chad April 13th, 2010, under School

So I’m finally finished with my MSIA degree – the thesis has been turned in and graded. Now all that’s left is to wait for May to walk down the aisle with my classmates. My goal at the beginning was to graduate with a 4.0 so that I may earn the “with distinction” title. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite make it as my GPA turned out to be 3.9. However, I learned that grades aren’t necessarily everything. Sometimes it’s the experiences and information you share with your classmates that prove to be invaluable in the long run.

Besides…it doesn’t seem to me that employers put a lot of emphasis on additional degree titles such as “with honors”, “with high honors”, or “with distinction”. Fortunately, most employers realize that schooling is merely a baseline of knowledge and doesn’t automatically make you prepared to jump right on a job. Employers also test your knowledge one way or another during the interview process to their specific requirements. No matter where you end up as far as employment goes, you will always need time to adjust to the job itself. And that is where fellow students and instructors are valuable by bringing real life experiences in to the course work.

To my fellow classmates, congratulations, good luck, and I look forward to seeing you in May.

Happy New Year

By Chad January 1st, 2010, under General

Happy New Year from ITStudent.org!

Taquamenon Falls Paradise MI

By Chad August 16th, 2009, under General

Not only are the locals friendly (unlike most of the tourists), the scenery is beautiful. I like to think the reason for the river water being brown is that flowing with Coca-Cola. The real reason it’s brown is because it is stained from tree bark and from erosion.

If you get a chance to check it out stay at the lower falls if you want to sight see. Stay at the rivermouth if you’re looking to kayak, canoe, or boat.

Wind power in Iowa

By Chad July 28th, 2009, under General

In my travels, I was quite interested in these huge windmill farms in the middle of quite a few Iowa fields. We have a few in Michigan heading towards Harbor Beach, but nothing like what I saw in Iowa. They were spread out enough to not interfere with each other, but there were so many that they seemed to go on as far as I could see. It was a pretty incredible sight.

What gets me though is all of the so-called environmentalists who don’t like the windmills claiming it’s going to mess with the climate or some garbage. So yeah, windmills are somehow bad for the environment. And birds. Can’t forget all the birds the windmills kill…like the blades move at supersonic speeds, right? Sorry, I’m not buying it. Anyway, I guess we should just stick with mining the hell out of coal and burning that instead, because that’s the better alternative along with gasoline.

Some people’s children… :-p

Arizona rocks

By Chad July 25th, 2009, under General

The picture doesn’t do it justice, but here’s a nice view from Sedona.

Colorado Springs Colorado

By Chad July 25th, 2009, under General

This is an odd little tourist attraction. It really does look like the rock is balancing on another rock…just don’t look at what’s between the two rocks… 😉

Scottsdale, Arizona

By Chad July 20th, 2009, under Vacation

So far this is the most beautiful place in Arizona. Flagstaff wasn’t all that impressive. Here’s a shot of the mountains around Scottsdale…

My Fiji

By Chad July 20th, 2009, under Vacation

What’s the furthest place in the U.S. you can get from Michigan before you have to turn around? OK I guess I don’t know the exact answer to that, but I’d like to call it Arizona. 😉 One day I’d like to call Arizona “home”…

St. Louis arch

By Chad July 18th, 2009, under Vacation

It’s definitely a lot bigger up close… 🙂

Made in China

By Chad July 11th, 2009, under General

So I was at the Harley store in Chicago and started looking at the tags. Everything was made in China. It’s pretty sad to see “Harley Davidson – An American Tradition” and right below it “Made in China”. However, they’re still charging “Made in America” prices…go figure.