Hello, my name is Michael and I have been here in Fairbanks for approximately five years. I came to this great state by way of the United States Air Force. I planned to make the Air Force a career but while in I was serving, I sustained some injuries that forced me to leave the Air Force after my six year stint. These injuries left me disabled and caused me to reevaluate what I was going to do with the rest of my life. For years I had defined myself by what I could do physically but now I found myself needing to be redefined by more than my physicality. This major perspective change, or paradigm shift, in my life was one that put me on the path I am on today. In response to my perspective changing, I aimed myself at school and began college at UAF in the Fall of 2008. Last semester, I finished my first degree in Alaska Native Studies and I am waiting to start graduate school in Cross Cultural Studies in the fall.
Throughout my life I have worked with computers. Since the early 1990’s I have been building and working with mostly PC’s. Since I almost exclusively used PC’s, I did not use Adobe products for graphical or website design. It has only been recently that I have begun to look at the Adobe suite and want to learn how it works. I know throughout this class I will have times that are both enlightening and frustrating as I compare the software that I currently use versus the Adobe suite of software.