About me

A brief introduction on my history

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Ryan Zurrin

Father & Full Time Student in the Computer Sciences

I'm Berkshire County born and raised, from the wonderful City of Pittsfield Massachusetts where I recently graduated with an associate's degree in computer science. I will be moving to Boston in the fall 2021 to pursue my bachelors, where I will be attending UMass Boston.
I've always loved computers and electronics, and just learning about how things work and function. My curiosity has carried me all over and has granted me the opportunity to try out many things before finally settling with the computer sciences.
I originally considered starting school as a fine arts major, mostly because I have previous experience painting and drawing already so it only made sense for me to start there.
But then, when I got a position as a lab assistant in the Digital Commons (BCC's computer lab), something was rekindled within me. Deep in the dust of my memories, a burning ember from my youth was reignited; My passion for computers and software.
Back then I gamed all the time and even built my first computer system when I was 15. I remember how much I loved exploring all the files and system configs and setting that made software work, it fascinated me then - and still does to this day.

So, I made the switch from art classes to computer science classes (BIG SWITCH), now I hope to someday become a professional programmer and software engineer. I am planning on using the skills I obtain to help others build up their own ideas and dreams and I really feel using technology as a medium is one of the best way to reach as many people as possible. With technology the possibilities are truly endless, especially once you’re able to fuse old ideas with the new technologies.
I, like most come from the ground up. I was built on the sweat and tears of my labor and it has carried me here, to this moment, to academia. Where I am learning to do new things; like building this web page for instance. Most importantly, I am learning that to make the world a better place it takes a team effort. No one person, no matter how hard they may try, has the answers. But as a team working together, the possible solutions become almost endless.
We live in a World that is a fusing of minds and ideas all built up around us, with another whole world of ideas that I can fold up and bring with me anywhere. It is this folded up dimension I am so hungry to learn about. I am looking forward to learning about designing, debugging, and building fast and efficient software and I’d be lying if I didn’t say, I think I may have gotten myself in a little over my head with all this. But I am up to a good challenge and I am ready to give this new life my all and to do the hard work that is required in building up a good solid foundation.
A foundation from which I hope I can frame the rest of my life around.

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Skills & Experience

I can say I’m quite good at

Over 15 years of House Painting and General Property Maintenance experience. I've worked for various employers and companies over the years, all of which helped in building my current skillset and experience. Big take away is there is usually more than one way to get the same job done. I also maintained my own painting business for around three years; ‘All About Painting’. A very valuable life experience is what that was. Also I have done a fair share of plumbing and light carpentry work. The one thing I can say is it doesn’t matter what path you decide to take in life, if you are going to succeed and be truly great at what you do, it is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication to achieve. Nothing good in life comes easy, nothing….

....and to that; these Skill Bars reflect the hard work I have put into becoming good at certain things, some things better than others. I will be updating this section to reflect my new skills as I begin to further my education in the computer sciences. With that I hope to add more skills to this list as well. So keep checking back! I truly believe the best way to learn anything in life is by rolling up your sleeves and digging in, whether it be digging in dirt or debugging dirty code, the only way to learn is to do!

To note, the skill bar percentages are just picked based on how I feel I perform in these areas and are not decided based on any real scientific or substantial method that would validate their accuracy. It is meant more as a rough gauge of my skills based on my intuition about these subjects and not meant to be an absolute fact. I don't want anyone mislead. These values are represented as followed: 0% knows nothing up to 100% being a Jedi Master

House Painting / Maintaince
Drawing / Painting
Woodworking
HTML
CSS
JavaScript
WordPress / CMS
C++
Python
Java


Access


Excel / Sheets


PowerPoint / Slides


Word / Docs / Forms


Living & Learning

Work Experience

My previous associations

June, 2020
Current

Freelance Web developer and designer

HighREZ Design Studioz, Owner

Building Buiness and event webpages. Helping customers starting with a free consultation and then taking them through every step as we put together requirements that bring to life the visions and ideas that make them unique and different. Using this as a launchpad we build up a brand on thier new site using cutting edge frameworks and lightening fast CMS platforms I am able to achieve quick and responsive results in less time and money than it may take from a bigger less personal Web page marketing company. Using this and the new skills I've recently learned in school I decided to build a buisness model that was both doable and something I feel is greatly in demand. With this I welcome you to my new business landing page HighREZ Design Studioz.

January 2018
2019

Work Study

IT Department, Computer Lab Assistant

Working around computers and helping fix problems, with computers... talk about a dream job! These are both great steppingstones and a true blessing and I was lucky to get in with the Lab and IT department at BCC. Being involved in the behind-the-scenes action has been a very enlightening experience. We have responsibilities such as imaging new computers, setting up and doing any deployments of machines, helping fix slow or not working machines and making sure the computers are in smooth and efficient running order; these are our basic tasks. Other tasks include naming and adding computers to the domain as well getting the default printers set and all the proper software being used installed and registered. In the Lab we made sure anyone needing any kind of help, such as logging into accounts getting pdfs to print or setting the printer up to print a certain way. Just basic stuff to help out and keep things running smoothly.

July,2006
August, 2017

House Painting and Maintenance

Painter/Plumber/Landscaper

Most of my early adult hood and late teens was spent doing work that required a bit of physical dexterity. Everything from cleaning and installing big oil furnaces to weeding gardens, if there was something that needed a fixing or required attention then I was there doing the job. I loved the fact that I could get payed to help people do the things That I loved doing. This was especially true of house painting. I painted houses more than anything else, even starting my own business for a short few years. As well during the winter months when the painting got slow, I was able to get work for a master plumber where we would winterize homes and install gas furnaces and rough in new plumbing that would be needed. Everything from measuring out the pipe and cleaning and fluxing for solder to testing the whole plumbing and heating systems. It was all great experience and was really preparing me for a strong discipline within an academic setting.

January, 1996
June, 2001

Entry Level Jobs

Cashier / Stocker / Customer Service / Food Service / Tree Service

During the early days I started out working just like anybody really. I Had a couple jobs at the local mall where I was able to start gaining experience in various work-related tasks and more importantly, I was able to gain experience in interacting with people. I worked at hotdog stands and retail stores as well as supermarkets and hardware stores. My early experience was all over and I am very grateful for it now, looking back at the lessons in retrospect everything that’s ever happened to me has brought me to now, a place where I can start working towards a greater good that helps humanity as a whole.

Education & Achievements

My lifes greatest accomplishments outside of being a Dad.

Transferring to UMass Boston
September 1st, 2021
Projected Graduation: Spring 2023

Starting Undergradute Studies in Computer Science

Working towards receiving my Bachelors of Science (BS) degree

I am very excited to announce that I have been given an amazing opportunity to pursue my advnanced degree in the field of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, MA. I look forward to moving out to Boston and having the chance to be surrounded by an amazing city filled with opportunity. There will be far more internships available pertaining to my field of study. I plan to work hard and use every opportunity available to grow and learn in hopes of one day achieving my dream of becoming a stong and employable software developer/engineer.

January, 2018
Graduated: Spring 2021

Computer Information Systems

Associates in Computer Science

Having chosen the Computer Science option in the CIS degree program I have gained a much deeper and broader understanding of the way computer systems work and function. There was heavy emphasis on mathematics and the curriculum was designed to prepare students to move on to a baccalaureate institution for further study. Being in the beginning classes I still have a lot of classes to go before I can graduate. The plan is a 2021 graduation, and I will be applying to transfer to another institution very soon.

Update: Graduating with an associates degree in Computer Science!

I will be transferring in the Fall 2021 to the University of Massachusetts Boston to finish up my studies and work towards recieving my BS in Computer Science. I am proud of my choice ultimatly as it was the one that fit my budget. I was also accepted into some other amazing schools such as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and even the Wentworth Institute of Technology. Though these schools would of been amazing to attend there was unfortunitly too much unmet financial needs that I was not able to overcome. But as they say, it's not the school that makes the man, its the man that makes the school. So here I come UMass Boston, I hope you are ready for me!!!!

 
Current GPA: 3.689 [-.057 from last semester]
CIS Program Award
April 29th, 2021

Awarded the CIS Program Award for 2021

Departmental Awards are given each year to top students within each field of study

I was beyond honored and humbled to have been chosen as the award recipiant for the 2021 Program award in the Computer Information Systems discipline. I have always had a foundness for computers and how they worked and even would spend my allowance money as a kid on books ranging from hardware repair to programming topics like c++. Now to be fully imerged within the field feels like I have truly found my way home. Computation and problem solving is just a built-in function of my brain for which now I have the skills to transfer this into working programs for computers! This truly is one of my lifes biggest Joys, and to get recognition for all the hard work feels nothing short of amazing.

Honors Convocation
October 18, 2018

Academic Excellence in Collegiate Studies

Received awards for doing well in my studies

This was an amazing feeling to be recognized for doing a good job. I have never had a chance before now to experience anything like that and I was so amazed and excited to have had that opportunity. I also recieve a Falconer Award in Fine Arts around this time as well. This was because I first started as a Fine Arts major before moving to CS.

Inducted on:
April, 2019

Phi Theta Kappa

Xi Alpha - Berkshire County Chapter

Due to good grades, I was invited to join the PTK which is the 'International Honor society of American Community and Junior Colleges.' I was VP of Communications for the Xi Alpha chapter at BCC! 2019 semester. Our officer team took our chapter from a one star to a five-star chapter. Our Honors in action project was about the impacts of community policing and how it helps bring together the community and cops in a more trusting and meaningful manner. Part of this project was a big boot and shoe drive that was supported and sponsored by the local police departments Officer Derby, a leader on the front lines of community policing

STEM - 2019 - 2020
TRiO - 2018 - 2020
Robotics Club 2019

STEM Starter Academy / TRIo Program / Robotics Club

College Support Groups and Extracurricular Activities

Being actively involved with programs and activities that are there on campus is a good way to build up interpersonal skills and relationships. Having access to information, resources and to members in the technology fields is very helpful when learning about new and exciting things. I've been very lucky to be able to have so many great people supporting me and my continued education. Being a non-traditional student has made it a bit difficult at times when it comes to learning new complex ideas and just having a place to turn to get the help needed has been a key component in my successful restructuring.

Portfolio

Things I have made throughout my life

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Personal Journal

The Log Book to my Life

Date Title Topic
6/4/2021 Java programs Java
6/4/2021 Data Structures and ADT's C++
8/4/2020 C++ II Programs, classes C++
7/13/2020 Berkshire Builders 623 Web Page
7/2/2020 Google Sheets, Team Tally Sheet Previous work
6/22/2020 Addressing the Times Current Events
12/25/2019 Simple C++ Programs C++
12/18/2019 Coffee/Cocoa Vending Machine Circuit design School Project
8/14/2019 Accountability Self Help
6/1/2019 Feeling Like a Fake Mental Health
5/12/2019 Understanding On a Deeper Level Education
5/11/2019 The Whole Design Phase Write Up Web Design

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