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  • Sunday morning forecast looks like sunny and 40F at the start, with a NW wind of 25 to 30 mph 1 hour ago
  • TSA Pre✓ continues to rock for me – just bypassed a huge line at MSP and walked right through the checkpoint 2 hours ago
  • MK Ortho, pumpkin hunt, mailed ballot, workout, laundry, BWW lunch with Mark, dishwasher and packing – finally ready for the airport 3 hours ago
  • One last 10K on the clubhouse treadmill to get to my 100 miles for October (1092 YTD) 6 hours ago
  • What does a guy have to do to find a pumpkin in this town? 9 hours ago
  • Halloween 2014 instagram.com/p/u0QXeTQ6OQ/ 10 hours ago
  • Just drove home through a snowstorm (guess it’s now accumulating in Tower) – start the trek to Staten Island tomorrow 21 hours ago

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Thank you, come again

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Third at Willingers

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Not frozen

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The latest Wave Riders

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Beastie Jackpot

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Murray Time

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Buttermilk Chicken

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Umbrellas Over Calhoun

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Trendytown

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You know what I see when I look at my wrist? My wrist.

- Colbert

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A new lunch special

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Class Trip

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Hangin’ around

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Not the bat cave

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Minor freak out

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$2.85 in Hibbing

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A History of Education

Monday, October 13th, 2014 05:00 pm GMT -5

There has been a lot of talk recently about the value of higher education, which made me think about my particular path (which I’m still paying for, by the way). I’ve also seen some people talking about GPA and SAT scores on job applications – even for “experienced” workers like me. I haven’t tracked down my SAT or GMAT results, but I did recently finish a transcript quest.

My high school in St. Paul only charged $5 for this service, but the transcript arrived without info for tenth grade. I contacted the district data office and the helpful person there was able to retrieve everything from microfiche (yes, I am that old now). The best part was that new document also included grades seven and eight, so I now have results for every graded class I’ve ever taken. You can take a look at all this schoolin’ on this page or formatted all pretty like on this PDF.

Overall, I must say I’m a little overwhelmed at just how many classes I took over the years. I’m also relatively proud of my GPA at each school – ranging from a high of 3.8 at Ramsey Junior High to an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for my BBA degree (3.5 at UND and 2.8 at UW-Madison). The 3.4 for my Carlson MBA probably could’ve been higher, but I was also working full-time while I took those classes at night. My high school didn’t do honors ranking for GPA when I was there, so that 3.7 likely would’ve been different on a 5.0 scale.

Was it worth it? Definitely. I might pick different areas of study if I had to do it all over again, but I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of those great teachers and centers of learning. People often ask me how I know how to do the things I do and this coursework summary is a huge part of it. Wonderful educators like Sandy Fox, Richard Demers, Randy Dunham and Robert Hansen made learning fun and interesting. I can’t thank them enough.

I once toyed with the notion of pursuing a PhD in educational technology, but I think I’m done with formal coursework. I still love learning new things, though, usually spending an hour a day reading about trends, following industry news or watching video tutorials. I also like to occasionally pick out a new challenge and find web development code examples or learn how to use iPhones and iPads in new ways. Many of those projects end up on this site too (still hoping to add a video post type soon).

Long live the scholars!

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So tempting

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Well done, Mother Nature

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Bee & Cider

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Grieves on the early shift

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Perfect fall weather in Jordan

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So happy to find a coat

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It’s useful being top banana in the shock department.

- Holly Golightly

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Seminoles in Minnesota

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Don’t look at my Dad

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Lunch at the Pizza Cabin

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Why I Run

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There’s a man who walks beside me. It is who I used to be. And I wonder if she sees him and confuses him with me…

- Live Oak

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Hello Tigers

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The docks are still in

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Fall Favorites

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Never seen this version before

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I was never any good at loving you. I was just a tourist in your bed looking at the view…

- Never Any Good

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Still pretty

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The Greatest Voices

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A bit o’ frost

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Respect my authoritay

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A new PR for Megan!

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There’s your winner

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Eyes on the Prize

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Team huddle in Hopkins

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Chris and Company

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Jose is prepared

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