Calvin it is!

OK, this is it. I’ve made up my mind: I’m going to Calvin. Although GVSU’s program sounded good (less time to get a master’s), it really is not what I dream of doing. Calvin has three huge advantages: 1) It’s a Christian school where I can meet and befriend good-hearted people; 2) It’s actually the shortest path to a PhD in Robotics (assuming I can get into Carnegie-Mellon); and 3) Calvin’s financial award is pretty generous!

Now, for the bad news, allow me to play the violin: Eeeeeee-eeee-eeeeeeee-ee-eee-eee-eeeeee-eee-eeeee-eeeeeeeeee. I have quit my job at Spectrum Health. 🙁  I tried everything humanly possible to stay, but unfortunately, my director is not willing to be flexible with my work schedule or keep me part time. Actually, as I was writing my resignation letter last week, my hands were shaking and my eyes were watery. I could not stop thinking about how great a company this is, and how great the people here are to work with, and how much I was going to miss them. More worrisome yet was not knowing where I was going to find a job — and i still don’t. But even worse than feeling sad, and even worse than being scared, was this feeling of great disappointment that today still plagues me. I felt let down, as if my hard work and unsurpassed creativity were just not good enough for this one guy who didn’t want to keep me around. I’ve never felt so bad in my life (except maybe when my grandmother passed away).

So, when the manager of IT security, and a programmer in my team, and a couple of my business customers all offered to try to do something to keep me around, I felt good. I felt wanted once again. Even if none of them in the end can get me a job, it won’t matter because they made me feel good about myself. Even if I couldn’t make a strong enough impression on my director, I know that I made an even stronger impression on many other people.

In the mean time, I am also enrolled in an Associate’s in Electronics Engineering Technology at Cleveland Institute of Electronics. I plan to finish this in a year to increase my chances of employment in my field next year. It’s going to be really tough to keep this up and my engineering classes at Calvin at the same time, but it’s going to be so worth it. I already started, and the courses are though but fun.

Anyway, that’s where I’m at today. I’m ready to embark on a long-term adventure to become the greatest robot builder the world has ever seen… and quite possible go broke and loose my house in the process. It doesn’t matter though. I can admit that I am very scared, terrified even, but my dreams an my hope for the future are far more powerful than any force that could hold me back.

Gabriel out.

About Gabriel Mongefranco

Gabriel Mongefranco is your software developer for all things data: extraction, integration, analytics and security. He is also a blogger, a poet, a proud father and a faithful Christian. He is always eager to contract with faith-based nonprofits! Learn more.