March 15, 2020 - 3 minutes
Back at BYUI
Back at the university I left
About 5 years I was dismissed from this university, and things have really turned around since then. I finished the Pathway Worldwide program, and was readmitted to BYU-I. And since September 6th, 2019 I have returned to this campus. I still happily work for RFA Engineering as a remote employee while I study Agricultural Engineering Technology (no longer a Computer Science major). It feels good to be able to go back to something I was never proud of and make it right. My GPA, and everything regarding academics is a lot better than it was, I have made some friends at this university as well. Many of my friends from the church at Minnesota are also on this campus with me, which it is nice to see that some of my life in Minnesota came with me. It is also nice being able to pay tuition out of pocket and not have any student loans, while also being able to work for RFA part time.
My manager suggested before I leave that I study Agricultural Engineering, since it would help embolden my niche of embedded software development, especially in something like heavy machinery which is something I really have a passion for. I really want to thank him for suggesting this major, because I am really interested in everything that Brother Maughan teaches, and he has been a good mentor to me as well. It is also nice to have walked into Brother Helfrich’s office once again, I will forever be grateful to him for inspiring me to be a software developer professionally.
After this Spring semester (which ends around July) I will have finished my objective on campus, of having all of my non-online classes completed and being able to finish my degree online. I am grateful for the chance I have gotten to study Agricultural Engineering, I am able to understand things like my Fairlane and equipment in everyday life and recognize things, like hydraulic cylinders. I think it will serve me greatly for the rest of my career to have a bachelors degree in this subject specifically. It is also poetic that I left 5 years ago, and the Agricultural Engineering major has only existed on this campus for about 2 years. If I never left this university then I would never had the chance to have this major, which gives me the chance to generalize my engineering skills as well as retaining my valuable niche of embedded software development.
Some photos of me in the shop