While at Connecticut College, and for a few months after graduation, I functioned as the assistant network administrator for the college. This position allowed me to gain a great number of skills: physical and virtual network repair, hardware maintenance, network switch administration, and wireless network configuration and maintenance. Additionally, the job started me down the path of web development with projects such as the Find-A-Tree Database.
I was responsible for resolving campus-wide network outages, and helped to develop tools for monitoring and resolving these issues. When an issue could not be resolved via software, I repaired various network hardware, such as switches, ports, and hubs, on my own.
I gained a great appreciation and understanding of how a large network is constructed and maintained, as well as a lasting ability to deliver first-hand technical assistance to users of all skill-levels.