I have as many passions and interests as there are colors, and that I find myself constantly drawn to investigating new and different things. In the words of Barbara Sher, I’m a scanner.
Intense curiosity about numerous unrelated subjects is one of the most basic characteristics of a Scanner. Scanners are endlessly inquisitive. In fact, Scanners often describe themselves as being hopelessly interested in everything (although, as youâ€™ll find out, this isnâ€™t so). A Scanner doesnâ€™t want to specialize in any of the things she loves, because that means giving up all the rest. Some even think that being an expert would be limiting and boring.
I began my university studies as a computer science undergraduate. I didn’t mind computer science — not at all, really — but as I am wont to do, I found my interest drift around from thing to thing, idea to idea and place to place.
Fortunately, the university I attended required students to take a minimum of eight courses outside of their chosen field of study. Way beyond — beyond computer science, beyond science in general, to the wide, wide world of the social sciences, arts and humanities.
And I dabbled in a wide variety of things: languages, animation, sociology … and then, I took an introduction to world religions course. After finishing my computer science degree, I moved on to the next thing: a degree in Religious Studies.
My passions have taken me every which way since then. I now work in a post-secondary institution, supporting the development of course materials for students interested in entering the energy sector. In Fall, I’ll start a Masters’ degree in the Psychology of Work. On the side, I do web design and development. And I still play around with programming and religious studies ideas now and again.
Sententia is where I capture my thoughts, as I chart my own journey, explore my multiple interests, and try to understand who I am and why I’m here. My hope is that by being here, with you, we can take this journey together.