Like @Aaron Wise before me, it’s with deep sadness that I’m announcing my departure from the Exchange and retirement from writing today. Having started this process in August last year writing for Real Visions the Exchange, it’s been a whirlwind of activity, interactions, and experiences I will hold onto for the rest of my life. However, with the poor condition of the job market, the arrival of my first child in the coming weeks, and politics within some writing circles that I have become involved in becoming toxic, I’ve decided that it’s time for me to make a change.
In the coming months, I will be studying for the GRE and GMAT while building the portfolio I’ll need to get into a Master's Program, which will allow me to get a job down the line. During this time, I will also be getting in shape for a Navy or Air Force National Guard application, which will allow me to support my family while going back to school.
This decision doesn't come lightly as having suffered considerable burnout after getting my undergraduate degree dispute a strong academic finish; I know how it feels to throw yourself into something 100% and feel the consequences after. One could say these are the adult decisions young fathers are forced to make and that you don’t truly understand what that feels like until you go through, and I got to say it’s not a fun feeling.
However, I’m blessed with a family that... (More)