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April 19, 2017
by rboggs10
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Wow! It has been forever since I have logged into NerdKits. This is where it all started for me. This is where I found out what I want to be doing for the rest of my life.

On May 6th, 2017, I will be graduating college with my bachelor's in electrical engineering, and if is wasn't for the initial inspiration that NerdKits gave me, I am not sure that would have happened. Unlike the majority of my peers, I knew exactly what I was going to college for the moment I walked across the stage in high school, and if not for a simple Christmas gift, that may have been different. I may have ended up like them, choosing a general education associates just so that I could find out what to do next.

About 6 years ago, I simply enjoyed taking electronics apart to see what was inside, and look in awe as I wondered how they worked. At this point, I never even considered turning this into a career. My parents noticed this, and gave me a NerdKit for Christmas. Thanks to the momentum that the NerdKit started me with, most of my EE classes were really easy to me.

What is even more exciting, is that I have been offered a part-time job as a graduate research assistant by one of my professors, that will pay for my master's degree! This is an opportunity that I can't wait to start!

It is sad to see this place so deserted. I can only imagine that NerdKits just couldn't compete with Arduino. Honestly, due to my experience with NerdKits, when I first tried Arduino, I felt like it was too automated to me. I felt like I couldn't really learn real microcontroller programming with the Arduino.

Anyway, thank you Humberto and Michael, wherever you are. I may not be at this most fortunate position in my life right now if it weren't for you.

Ryan Boggs

April 21, 2017
by scootergarrett
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Congrats. It’s funny how something small at the time can end up changing so much. I ended up using the Nerdkits for my master (http://www.nerdkits.com/forum/thread/2843/). Once you start on your masters, dropping out should never cross your mind, I saw too many people end up losing fuscous and dropping out after so much work. In 2013 I think I left the state once; the rest of the time I was wearing the paint of my keyboard. It’s not easy (some is fun) but it’s nice in the end

April 21, 2017
by Ralphxyz
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Wow, Congrats Ryan!!

This is so interesting, after getting my Nerdkits I could see where/how I could have gone on to a career and further formal learning. But of course I was in my late sixties by then.

Ralph

May 03, 2017
by BobaMosfet
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Ryan,

Congratulations!!! We're proud of you. Electronics is like nothing else.

BM

May 04, 2017
by rboggs10
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Thank you all! I finished my last final exam on Tuesday and I walk across the stage this Saturday.

May 08, 2017
by sask55
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Ryan

I just read your post. I don't log into NerdKits often anymore.

I too would like to congratulate you on your bachelor's in electrical engineering. I feel that your story is an interesting and impressive example of the influence and power that a simple and seemingly unimportant event may possibly have on a persons life.

Darryl

May 21, 2017
by lnino
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Congratulations. Keep motivated and focused.

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