new day holds a promise of new opportunity. We can change our lives
and reinvent ourselves, if only we are willing to put forth the
effort. This is the story of my journey and how I completely changed
My name is Deena
Alansky, and my major is Multimedia and Web Design. Two and a half
years ago, at the age of 38, I decided to change my career.
from the University of Pittsburgh in 1983, and studied at Carlow
College for 2 years. But this was long before the computer revolution,
and I NEVER LEARNED HOW TO USE A COMPUTER!!!
But, after 17
years in the child care profession, I knew I needed a new direction
AND I knew it would require new skills. So, in the fall of 1999,
I enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
IN MY LIFE have I worked so hard and faced so many new challenges
as I have since I began at the Art Institute!!!
And never before
in my life have I found something THIS EXCITING and REWARDING and
FUN as the field of MULTIMEDIA and WEB DESIGN!
It takes everything
I love to do and combines it together into one field of study. Art,
Design, Photography, Video, Music, and Animation...it's ALL there...in
Multimedia and Web Design! To say I love my major would be an understatement!
wouldn't believe me when I said I was a student at Art Institute
of Pittsburgh. They would say, "But your hair's not GREEN...or
BLUE...or PINK! And where are
the tattoos and body piercings?" I would just laugh and say
that I'm not your TYPICAL AIP student, but that we do come in all
shapes and sizes!!! Even a middle-aged former nanny!
I think I was
in shock my ENTIRE first quarter of school! I felt lost and confused
in this new world of technology! I kept asking myself, "What
on earth are you doing here? Why aren't you still a nanny? What
were you THINKING going back to school??" I struggled, I studied,
and I cried a lot! Not necessarily in that order!
I did not yet have my own computer at home, I was forced to do all
my work in the school's computer labs. THAT turned out to be a BLESSING
IN DISGUISE, since it gave me the opportunity to meet my fellow
students and ask for help!
At first, I
wasn't sure how the students would react to me, since I'm old enough
to be their mother! Would they wonder, "Why is this crazy old
lady in school?" Would they accept me?
for me, I'm an EXTROVERT! So, I did not hesitate to introduce myself
and ask for help! I soon discovered that AIP students are VERY accepting
of differences. Even differences in age! I quickly made new friends,
and that turned out to be the greatest Godsend for me!
at Art Institute of Pittsburgh are some of the smartest, kindest,
and most generous people I have ever known in my life! These young
people have taken time away from their OWN PROJECTS to help ME,
a total stranger, in the computer lab! And my friends and fellow
classmates have continued to help me every step of the way! I never
would have made it this far without their help! And I will be forever
It's been a
privilege to go to school with such a fine group of young people,
who I am proud to call my friends!
So here I am,
2 ½ years later. 40 years old, and embarking on a new career!
When I started, I couldn't even use a computer. But, now I have
the skills to create and design multimedia projects and web sites...all
on the computer!
I'm living proof
that it's NEVER too late to change your career! It's NEVER too late
to go back to school! AND CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF...YOU CAN TEACH
AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS!!!
With all these
newfound skills, the future is ripe with possibilities! They say
that life begins at 40. I know that's true for me!
If you discover
in life that you don't like what you're doing, remember that you
can always reinvent yourself at any age. It might not be easy, but
it will be the most satisfying experience you can ever imagine!
NEVER too late to change YOUR life!
Web & Graphic Designer
Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Degree in Multimedia & Web Design