My Waypoint Story…Sonny Duran, Web Developer…

College is where we go to find ourselves and discover new things to help us grow as individuals, at least that’s what I was told. Unfortunately, my first go at college wasn’t the case. It did help me become who I am today in the sense that I learned to always follow my intuition or as some might call it your “heart”. I discovered this sitting in one of the most difficult classes I’ve ever taken which was physics. I was surrounded by very intelligent individuals who also where aspiring to be engineers. I remember sitting there and realizing that this would be my everyday routine for the unforeseen future, and I was not down with that.

As many of us would do, I panicked when I came to realization that what I wanted to do since I was in grade school no longer interested me. What do I do now? When do I tell my parents? Should I just suck it up and keep going? I asked myself these and many more questions and lost a lot of sleep over it. I finally grew the courage to tell my parents that engineering was not the major I wanted to pursue, and of course as usual, my mom was the first to support my decision even though she was hesitant at first. My father, on the other hand, did not approve. I think to this day my dad would still want to see me pursue engineering, but he has come around to agree that I made a wise choice at the time. After all this hard work of facing my parents, I still had to decide what I was going to do which took a good amount of time and money. I ended up leaving the university and going to a community college which I did for a few years, bouncing around from college to college not having a concrete idea of where I was going to land.

A few years passed, I got married, and for lack of a better word, shit got real. I had a panic moment once again because we were expecting, and I was still unsure of what it was I wanted to do with my career. But I never stopped attending school. I was taking a world religions class, and at this point, I had started up my old hobby of painting and drawing on a daily basis. One day I was speaking to my professor, who was also my counselor, and he told me that I should try something I’ve never had the courage to pursue either because I’ve been afraid to try or forced to like something different. The following semester I declared my major under Digital Media Arts. This seemed like the best direction for me, with the major having graphic design, motion graphics, and web design. Taking all the pre-requisites like drawing 101, graphic design and animation, I knew I was HOME! The people that I was surrounded by seemed very familiar even though I didn’t know any of them. The professors I had happened to be some of my favorites to the date and were very helpful in my journey. My projects, as time consuming as they might have been, were a blast to work on. Staying late up late trying to finish them felt worth it.

Now being part of a great creative team at Waypoint, I reflect back on these moments that have brought me to where I am today. Every single moment in this chaotic journey has made me the individual I am now. Every failing moment, panic moment, disappointing moment, and restless moment has led me to this wonderful place where I am happy and content.

Maybe you’re in a similar place that I was in. If so, my encouragement to you is never give up. Let your intuition take you to a new place of growth. You just never know what or where it will lead you to. Even though I stopped attending college after 12 years of it, I still feel like a student with a desire to never stop learning. We should never feel like we know enough. Don’t be afraid to ask why and push yourself to solve problems. I hope that sharing this part of my journey will spark in you a lost idea to rekindle. I leave you with one of my favorite quotes by one of my favorite writers:

“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”

Jack London

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