I am an entirely self-taught person when it comes to all things IT aside from my initial start. I was originally taught how to build a computer by a friend of the family when I was barely a teenager. I found the organized structure, how everything fit into it's place and how it functioned with the rest of the computer fascinating. From then, I taught myself how to maintain my computer internally and when I gained a connection to the internet, protect it from external factors. Part-way through highschool I finally built myself my second computer after purchasing all the parts myself from extra money driving for Papa Johns. I also enrolled in a couple Computer Science courses while in high school and often went above and beyond in assignments. I also enrolled in and completed a CCNA certification course while in High School
Part way through college I was introduced to linux based operating systems, virtual machines, and gained a better understanding for hardware and their corresponding drivers and started doing volunteer work on a person by person basis, helping with their computer issues and giving advice to people looking for upgrades to their home computers.
After moving up to Dallas to continue my education in Software Engineering, I started doing volunteer work as a remote system administrator for a few Linux servers hosting services for various games and offered technical support to various patrons of those games on a volunteer basis as well. While in college and out of college I experimented with setting up my own server environment to learn how to set up an Xmpp service, Apache service with Php and Css support, Phpbb service and even Wordpress.
I am now looking to make this my official career path, Preferably in support or system maintenance/administration. I am incredibly passionate about technology and I'm very familiar with teaching myself everything I need to know to be the best I can be at my job.