Master of My Domain?!

Posted Jun 16, 2014 in Events, Life, School

  • HCDE Graduate Students Represent at Husky Stadium

    HCDE Graduate Students Represent at Husky Stadium

  • Getting Introduced by Jan Spyridakis at the Department Ceremony

    Getting Introduced by Jan Spyridakis at the Department Ceremony

  • Receiving the Graduate Award of Excellence for Leadership & Engagement

    Receiving the Graduate Award of Excellence for Leadership & Engagement

  • The Graduate Award of Excellence for Leadership & Engagement

    The Graduate Award of Excellence for Leadership & Engagement

  • Portia Plante & Me After the Department Ceremony

    Portia Plante & Me After the Department Ceremony

  • I could not have done this without you, Karin. I love you, Sweetie!

    I could not have done this without you, Karin. I love you, Sweetie!

Well… it’s over. I did it. I am now (officially) a Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) from the University of Washington.

Even though I was done with my coursework at the end of the Fall 2013 quarter, this whole graduation thing finally feels official to me now. I am very happy that I walked at Husky Stadium with over 5,300 other graduates. It was also nice to participate in the HCDE Department’s graduation ceremony. Plus, I was awarded the Graduate Award for Leadership & Excellence! I am truly honored by that.

Now, you may ask yourself, “What’s next for you, Mike?” And, my answer will be, “I need a fucking vacation.” Or, at least I will need to sit in my backyard and drink a few beers and throw the ball for the neglected dog.

But, the real answer to that question is that I have already accomplished a good balance in my life. I went to get this degree to qualify to be full-time at Seattle Central Community College (SCCC) and instead ended up teaching at the University of Washington as a part-time Associate Lecturer.

Teaching part-time at the University, along with (still) teaching part-time at the Community College and free-lancing a bit is a nice and fulfilling life for me. That being said, don’t worry… I will investigate any doors that I find open. I may even knock on a couple just to see who’s there.

So, here’s to you HCDE Graduates! You have been an incredible part of my life the last few years and I wish all of you the best of luck in your bright, bright futures!

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