Day 79 - Tyler (11th person I approached)
March 20, 2014 - It is ironic that today of all days, with the sun shining and it being the first day of Spring, that I would exceed the highest number of people that said they didn’t want to talk with me (so far in 78 days it has been no more than six “no thanks”). I had the day off work today, and went out early in order to get today’s story, write it and post it as I’m presenting at PechaKucha tonight, and wanted to focus on that this afternoon. Oh well, all good things come to those who wait. Or ask repeatedly.
Tyler was born in Prince George, British Columbia. He has one younger sister, and Tyler told me,
“We are close now that we are older. As kids we were a bit combative.”
Tyler’s family moved to the Lower Mainland when Tyler was about four years old, and then moved back to Prince George when Tyler was about eight years old. He completed elementary and high school there.
After high school, Tyler went to University in Prince George.
“I took Computer Sciences, and it’s a four year program, but I took my time doing it. I was in university for five years, completing my under grad degree,” said Tyler.
While in University, Tyler worked in a few fast food jobs, until he got a position with the University at the tech help desk.
“It was relatively easy work, and certainly paid better than the fast food jobs I had,” Tyler said. It also fit in with his curriculum of Computer Sciences.
Once Tyler got his undergrad degree, he started working, and one year later, he decided he wanted to go back to school. Tyler told me,
“I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to study, so I took some time looking around. I had taken a class for my undergrad that is relatively new, and had forgotten all about it, until I started doing some research into programs.”
After deciding on a program and processing applications and such, another year passed before Tyler moved to Vancouver to attend the University of British Columbia (UBC), studying Bioinformatics.
“It’s about studying the science of analyzing biological data. There’s a lot of research and working with data. I’m also working at the British Columbia Cancer Agency, so I’m taking a bit longer to complete my graduate degree. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not,” he said.
I remarked that clearly he liked school and learning.
I asked Tyler what he wanted to once he had completed his graduate degree in bioinformatics.
“I’m considering going for my PhD. We’ll see what happens,” Tyler said. In his spare time, and he wasn’t so sure he actually has much, Tyler has had a long interest in Archery.
“There was a really good club in Prince George, but it’s not as accessible here in Vancouver. A friend recently told me about a sword fighting class offered at Duello, a school downtown. It’s medieval sword fighting, so I might look into that.” (*FACT CHECK - see below) #notastranger
*Fact Check - academieduello.com