This is without a doubt the coolest school in the United
States. Really good memories from this place for sure. The
building is what a school is supposed to look like as
opposed to the crap they build for schools in California.
Most of the schools look like manufactures homes....one
story buildings, run-down school grounds, and what's up with
all the locked fences and gates? Anyway much more about this
school later on.
Middle School (formerly Kenmore Junior High School)
Kind of began disliking school at this point. Not really
much to say for now except a bit disappointed the school is
now a middle school grades 6-8.
West High School
Went a few days and decided to take the G.E.D.
Diego City College - General Education
This is an inner-city school in San Diego. While I was
attending this school, I was working like crazy to pay rent,
tuition, and books. With this said, not much in the way of
fun but this was a fantastic place to take general education
courses. Pretty much an easy A anytime.
Diego State University - Alumni - B.S. Business
Finance, minor in Real Estate, Geological Studies
Even though I was still working a lot while attending SDSU,
I still managed to enjoy myself. Plenty of beach and house
parties in between work. I was a geology major for much of
the time until the oil industry was going bust. Then I
decided to go for a business degree and switched to finance.
Really missed all the Geology field trips though. A bunch of
students sleeping on the ground in the middle of the desert
waiting to get up the next day to collect rocks or look for
faults, um, earthquake faults, not faults with each other. I
worked at the weather station in the Geography building for
quite some time which was an absolute thrill for me.
College - Alumni - A.A. Japanese Studies
Hmmmm, what can I possibly say about this place. I was the
first student to graduate with an A.A. Degree in Japanese
Studies. A couple of reasons. Although the college offered
Japanese classes for many years, the degree was kind of a
new thing. In addition, most students dropped out of
Japanese after one semester after finding out there is much
more to the language than manga and anime. Actually I was
one of the few students studying Japanese for cultural
reasons and not to understand Japanese cartoons. Come to
think of it, I was one of the few students to actually
study. This school is filled with lazy American students who
are basically unsure of which direction they plan to take.
The students were cheating on exams like crazy and the
teachers didn't even give a crap. Anyway, happy to be out of
that "college" for sure. The main benefit of this place was
the presence of tons of Japanese students since this school
has the lowest entry requirements "TOEFL score" in San
Diego. This meant plenty of Japanese students for language
exchange, many of whom became and still are my friends.
Language Institute - Alumni - Teaching English as a
Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate
I wanted to go back to Japan and stay for at least a year
but was unable to because of the 3 month visa limit. I
decided to obtain a teaching certificate in order to teach
English and get a working visa. The teacher training program
at this school is awesome. The teachers are very dedicated
and my mentor, Rob Shaffer, really taught me a lot. We are
now good friends.