Welcome to the Blog!
By Ian Thompson on Saturday, June 24, 2023
This is the first post to the blog. Here, you will find a description of what the blog is, and what the goals are.
Hello, and welcome to the blog! I'll start by introducing myself:
My name is Ian Thompson, and I am currently a senior elementary education major at Clemson University. I know what you're thinking: why does an elementary education major have a tech blog? And that is such a valid question to ask yourself...
It all started when I was in middle school. I began to develop a deep interest in computers and programming. I started out learning the Objective-C language, and by the time I was in 8th grade, I published my first application to the Apple App Store (of course, under my mom's name since you had to be 18 with a valid driver's license to publish!). From there, I went on to learn Swift, and by 10th grade, I published my second game to the App Store.
Throughout middle and high school, I devoted much of my free time to learning different programing languages and technologies. My first formal programming class was in 10th grade in a beginner Python introduction course my high school offered. From there, I would go on to take AP Computer Science A in the 11th grade, all while working on various personal coding projects, many of which have never seen the light of day.
A screenshot of the App Store provided screenshot of my first game: Click Quick!
This deep interest and apparent skill in computer science would lead me to believe that I would go on to major in CS in college. Well, the Lord had different plans...
2019 graduating seniors back on the elementary school's playground
In 2019, I applied and got accepted to Clemson University as a computer engineering major. However, almost immediately after being accepted, I switched programs to elementary education. Teaching and sharing my knowledge have always interested me. So much so, while a middle and high schooler, I would frequently make programming tutorials on my YouTube channel. (I'm sure a few of these still exist somewhere on the internet). In my senior year of high school, I took a job at my old elementary school, working in the extended day program. There, I felt a call from the Lord to switch majors and pursue a degree in education.
At the time, Clemson did not offer a middle-level education program, and to be honest, if you had asked me if I ever saw myself in the middle school classroom, I would have immediately told you "no." But, as is a running theme in my life, and at the risk of sounding overly clichè, the Lord works in mysterious ways. While in college, I began volunteering for Young Life as a WyldLife leader, a ministry set on bringing the Gospel to middle school-aged students. Here I found the deep love for the middle school grades the Lord has instilled in me. While I wish I would have switched to the middle-level major sooner, a major switch would be too much of a hassle at this point in my undergraduate career. As such, I am sticking with the elementary major but hope to find a 6th-grade position upon graduation and plan to certify in middle-level math and science as soon as possible.
2020 WyldLife team
That still doesn't answer the purpose of this blog. Here, I hope to keep record of the various projects that I work on and to archive the different things that interest me. I make no aim to "get famous" or to contribute novel ideas to the universe. I want a place to publically gather and display my ideas, thoughts, and accomplishments with whoever may see them. This site is a work in progress. You will likely see things that don't look right and experience bugs. Just think of it as a way enjoy the imperfection of human nature.
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