I am so grateful to finally have completed the IFSC4350 E-Commerce course that Professor Bruce Bauer (http://brucebauer.info/) during the UALR Spring 2018.

Semester Project Presentation (Link), Marketing Plan (Link)

I have a new job that I am learning the details associated with the duties associated with my position which is why I am taking the Summer off from school to concentrate on making sure I fully understand and that I am proficient at what my new employer needs of me.

I only have the one degree requirement remaining that I have enrolled for Fall 2018, FINC3310 Business Finance, but of course the U.S. Department of Education requires that in order to keep my student loans in an “in-school” deferment status I have to take a minimum of 6 credit hours so I have also enrolled in a course called World Religions both of which are online only courses so that they do not interfere with my work schedule.   I am curious about the different concepts of religious belief in other cultures than what I grew up knowing so for a discretionary elective it should be interesting, but not get in the way of my primary academic focus on understanding the Business Finance course from August – December 2018.  I am on track for a really good Christmas present this year, graduating out of the undergraduate status with a Bachelor of Science in E-Commerce.

Next step is to take and pass the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and submit my application to graduate school for the Masters in Public Health Degree with a concentration in Epidemiology.  I should be able to earn a “living wage” with that which has proven impossible so far with what education I have managed to complete.  I’ll probably go to back to the private sector once I complete that, the public sector as a Classified State Employee just does not pay enough to cover the Cost of Living in Arkansas.  I’ll have to remember that the next time elections come around and vote accordingly.

I am grateful though to work with a group of folks that genuinely appear to appreciate my technical skills and abilities and who have the collegiality and collaborative nature that they do.  It makes it much easier to get up and go to work in the morning when you get the sense that you are part of a team that works well together instead of some dysfunctional system that you have to struggle to get anything done with or for.