Apparently I'm supposed to have this profile updated for my tenure as VGG of the week. I really don't know where to start!My educational background
I was born in 1984 in Marathon Ontario, and grew up in Thunder Bay. From 2003-2007 I went to the University of Waterloo to get a Bachelors degree in Mathematics, with a minor in computer science (I was originally going to do a double major, but I really disliked the practical side of my CS courses, so dumbed it down to a minor and stuck with courses that dealt more with the theory and mathematics of CS). My marks were pretty good and I enjoyed the study of pure mathematics, so I went back to Thunder Bay and completed my Masters in Mathematical Sciences at Lakehead University. Part of what motivated me is that I assumed that having a Masters degree would make me quite a bit more employable to prospective employers.
After that, I couldn't seem to find a job. Partly because I had too little work experience, my degree was rooted more in theory than in practicality, the economy had just dipped and there weren't many companies hiring, and I hated doing the "networking" thing to make connections. A few months of unemployment later, I decided to apply to Law school (again, because I figured it would lead to a cushy pay check in the future, and I had such good marks in all my courses).
I wrote the LSAT in 2010, and placed in the 92nd percentile on my first attempt, which gave me the false sense of security that I would be a natural fit for the program. I was accepted to the law program at the University of Toronto and Osgoode (two of the top 3 law schools in Canada), and I moved to Toronto in 2010 to go to U of T.
Within a month and a half, I was already feeling miserable about the program. I started missing classes, didn't keep up in the readings, and didn't socialize at all (on the bright side, I got to play lots of video games!). I decided I could not ever see myself doing this sort of thing for the next 4 years, followed by another 4 years of articling.
In January 2011, my girlfriend moved to Toronto and we moved in together. We both struggled with unemployment. Eventually she got a job as a barista, and I held out hope that I would be able to get work somewhere at one of the big five banks in Toronto. I put out hundreds of resumes and only got a handful of interviews which led to zero job offers.
In late 2011, I got recruited into Primerica and did my training learning about life insurance and mutual funds. I passed all my tests, got all my licenses, and learned everything I needed to know, but a salesman I am not. Naysayers might say that I wasted 5 months of my life at Primerica and bring up the whole "scam" idea since I didn't make any money, but I learned way more in 5 months there than I would have at school, and paid less to do it, so I'm thankful. It got me to read a few self-improvement books, and reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has really helped me to see the world differently and has generally made me a happier person.
My parents are very supportive both emotionally and financially, particularly with regards to higher education. In late 2012, I went back to post-secondary school for the FOURTH time at George Brown College to study accounting. What really attracted me to the program is the fact that there is a co-op component, and I really believe that once I get my foot in the right door and meet the right people, I can finally put my education and good thinky-brain to good use, and be compensated well for it!
One thing I've heard frequently while in my "I don't know what to do with my life" phase is that you should figure out what you love to do, and find a way to make money doing it. I love board games and video games, but I couldn't see myself in a "traditional" position in those industries. I'm confident that I can squeeze myself in somewhere as an accountant though! My current dream is to work at Ubisoft Toronto in the accounting department.Some other hobbies
I don't have a particularly diverse set of interests. My two main hobbies are board games, and video games (the latter mostly when I don't have the time to meet up with other people for the prior). I don't play multiplayer games very often, because it causes me an odd sense of anxiety. I always feel like it's too difficult to find two people who will both be satisfied with the same experience. Different skill levels, different schedules, different play lengths, etc. Luckily there are lots of single player games that I can play on my own schedule and at my own pace, for as long as I like. I do really like playing co-op games if they're designed well, but I prefer being in the same room with my partner for co-op.
I also enjoy dabbling in role playing games. I've found a good group of people to play with, and we've tried out a few different games, but have mostly played 4th edition D&D. What I love most about role playing games is that I can try to create cinematic moments in battle. Sure, I could just whack the goblin over the head with my axe, but I think I'd rather try to hack away at this wood pillar and see if I can get it to topple over onto him instead!Video games I've played and beaten
(since I've started recording)2012
Assassin's Creed II
Back to the Future: The Game
Batman: Arkham City
Breath of Death VII: The Beginning
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Defense Grid: The Awakening
Ghostbusters: The Video Game
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
Left 4 Dead
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals
Red Dead Redemption
Super Princess Peach
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
FTL: Faster Than Light
Kingdom Rush Frontiers
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Left 4 Dead 2
Mark of the Ninja
Orcs Must Die! 2
Path of Exile
Plants Vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time
Saints Row: The Third
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Super Mario Galaxy 2
The Walking Dead
Written Legends: Nightmare at Sea