My name is Randi and I am twenty years old. I am currently in a bachelor’s degree program at Full Sail University studying Web Design & Development. I aspire to be an excellent graphic designer and web developer. I would like to make/sell wordpress themes, business cards, android/iOS applications.
I am in a relationship with Andrew and have been for 4 years. We met when I was 16 (him, 21) while I worked at Papa John’s. We live in the master bedroom of my family’s home and raise 3 cats and 2 dogs together. We get along well together and most of our interests interlock. Obviously, I am a nerd which means my boyfriend completely lucked out. We can watch zombie movies and other B Movies and play video games together. We could definitely invest quite a few hours into a Black Ops marathon.
I am currently unemployed but am a built in babysitter for my mother. I help her raise my little brother and sister (9 & 6). I’m not much of an outsider. I’m content staying home, laying in bed, watching a movie, or watching the kids play in the back yard. I have friends but don’t spend very much time with them unless they come to me. I have everything I need right here and don’t have a need to go out. The internet is my kingdom.
I don’t like to cook but end up cooking 90% of all meals for the whole family. I also hate cleaning. These are 2 things I HAVE to do on a daily basis. It makes for some pretty boring afternoons.
I don’t try to be complicated. I have been told I am. I’m not sure who started this misconception because I’m rather blunt and honest. I used to be quiet but I have grown into my voice in the past few years. I speak my mind and I honestly don’t care who is offended.
I do not believe in a higher power. I’m not sure whether or not that makes me atheist or agnostic. I do not pray, I do not go to church, I was not baptised and my family did not try to shove religion down my throat. What I chose to believe in was left up to me. I feel that makes us closer than the average family. We never have to worry about what someone will say because “god” doesn’t approve. We can talk about anything and are always open with each other. I have personal reasons for choosing not to believe just as someone who does have faith in a higher power has their reasons. I prefer not to discuss religion with anyone due to the debates it has come to lead into. I do not look down on those who believe and I certainly do not judge them. I do, however, ask that you can show me the same curtesy and leave the subject out of conversations.
My father is not a part of my life. Bottom line is my parents were “young, dumb, and stupid” and his mom gave him an out of being a dad. He jumped on that opportunity and has never laid eyes on me. I used to wonder what it would have been like if he were around but never have I wished he was there. I love my mom and although we have struggled, she never stopped trying to give us all she could.
Over the years, people have come and gone through my life. Some came and stayed for a while while others were out in a flash. I’ve met many people but the one person who has always been there, through up and downs, thick and thin, (besides my family) is my best friend Christina. We met when I was 6, her 5, when her dad got together with my aunt. Technically, she is my cousin but even after all these years, I’ve never really thought of her that way. Had I had to put a label on it, she was more like my sister. We’ve fought, we’ve yelled, we’ve cried, but she has always been there for me. I honestly regret ever calling someone else my best friend.
Up until now..
In the early part of my life, I was raised by my mother, grandma, Bampa, aunt and uncle. My father left before I was born since my parents were both teenagers. From what I hear, I was quite intelligent since I was raised by 5 adults.
Shortly after my 1st birthday, my brother Patrick was born. We moved out of my grandparents house when I was almost three. We bounced around from city to city before finally settling in a small town near Scranton, Pennsylvania. We lived there for all of my elementary years then moved to Scranton. The bigger city seemed to frighten us a bit and when I started 9th grade enrolled in an online home schooling program.
After about a year, I stopped doing my homework and was thrown out. I didn’t enroll again. In 2008, I went to Job Corps. There, I studied Medical Assisting and received my GED. Had I stayed longer, I probably would have gotten my license. I was there 6 months and in that time I was able to finish a 12-18 month program since it was work at your own pace. At the time, I hated everything about that place but looking back I realize is was one of the most important experiences of my life. I came out as a person and became more sure of myself. I met some amazing people there and continue to stay in touch with them. I left Job Corps in April for Easter break.
While on holiday my mother and I saw a commercial for a nursing program in our area. I never went back to Job Corps and instead signed up with Allied for LPN. I did the LPN course for 9 months before finally realizing that it wasn’t for me. I care too much to take care of dying and sick patients. After withdrawing from the nursing class I looked for a class to transfer to within the school. I found the “Digital Graphics and Multimedia Design” class. It was then, that my eyes were opened.
I had been doing web design since I was 12 years old. I loved doing and owned many sites. I finally realized that I could turn my hobby into a career. I stayed in the DGMD class for about 3 months, but the program was so screwed up that I was taking classes backwards. Mr. Z, my favorite teacher, made subtly statements that if we truly wanted this as a career, this wasn’t the place for it. It was then that I decided I needed to find the right place for me. Kaplan University had my program and I attended for a year but things were so slow and seemed to cater to older, slower, learners that I knew I needed something more fast-paced. I enrolled in Full Sail University’s Web Design and Development course in June 2011. This is where I think I’ll stay.
Aaron Carter, internet, design, family, message boards, blogging, Dexter, lip gloss, back lotop chucks, jeans, sweatpants, android, Sims 2/3, xbox, spending time with Andrew, netflix, Miley Cyrus, Swype, computers, wordpress, Degrassi, sex, skype, mac & cheese, aim, children, kids, cats, movies, Hannah Montana.
liars, drug addicts, sluts, hypocrites, Lady Gaga, immaturity, snobs, two-faced people, drama queens, theives, disorganization, crumbs on the kitchen floor, crappy roms on my phone..
To be continued..