Hi everyone, my name is Randi Griffin. I live on St. Croix in the Virgin Islands. Now I know what you are thinking: I live in paradise, so my life must be cake. Well, it is not. I am a wife, mother, and business owner. I am also very involved with my church. It does not matter that I live here, life is still life, it’s just a lot warmer than it is in the states. My primary email address is bear@vipowernet. net; my secondary email address is rgrif@email. uophx. edu. My work and home phone are the same: (340) 772-6049. That is my fax number, also. My cell# is (340) 513-9534.
I went to college for three years at Salem State College in Massachusetts. My major was Computer Science. It was a blast. My professors and fellow classmates were awesome. We had a lot of fun. It was a small school, and a small CS department consisting of 3 professors and about 20 students. Luckily, most of my classmates were in my math courses, too. They were tough. I learned how to program with ADA. It is a military computer program and very robust. Most people consider it outdated because it’s not as risky and powerful as C++, but when it comes to military programming, I think the language had better be idiot-proof.
It was a great learning tool, although I here that SSC has now switched to Java for the primary learning language. What I learned in SSC was a lot of mathematics and logic and how mathematics and logic applies to computer software. I learned how to build applications, and how systems and the SDLC work. A lot of what I am learning at UOP is repetitive of what I learned at SSC. My family and I moved to the VI in the beginning of my senior year at SSC, and I didn’t return to higher learning for two years after we moved. I felt I was out of the loop, so I decided that it was best to repeat the classes I took at SSC to bring myself up to speed.
I am glad I did, because this is when I learned Java, Microsoft Project, Access and SQL Server. I’ve touched a little bit on networking at SSC, but never in the detail that was involved in the last course I took. My work experience in the IT field is limited. Most of my experience has been through academics. Not for lack of trying. I cannot seem to land an IT career down here without prior work experience or a degree. My husband and I have an electrical business. Griffin Electric. We took over the business from his father, which is why we moved back to St. Croix from Gloucester, MA almost four years ago.
I take care of the books, and work in the field when needed. It’s a lucrative business, and we have a comfortable life, but I would still like to be playing with IT. I guess it will happen in God’s time. I do repair and troubleshooting for PCs on the side when someone needs it. The word is spreading around the island that I know what I am doing when it comes to working on computers. That looks good on my resume. I have two little girls, Leanna just turned 10 in April, and Jessica is 7. They keep me busy with soccer and swimming. They each have their own computers, and we have a wireless network going at the house. That was fun to set up, too.