I’ve got a wedding and a honeymoon to pay for. So I have been picking up as much overtime as I can get recently. My fiancée and I are in cahoots about keeping the wedding small, but I know there will still be a lot of expenses coming our way.
I’m a welder at Electric Boat, but I’m not allowed to say much about my job because we’re making submarines and it’s all very secret. I did an eight-month program to get my certification, but I am still learning every day. Getting bead spacing right, planning your heat, getting good fusion—I think welding is as much an art as a science. Sometimes I’ll see a weld and I’ll think, “How does someone pull that off in a tight space?” The constant challenge is one of the reasons I like my job.
I also like to travel as much as I can. We are going to Iceland in a few weeks. Sometimes I have to travel for work, but again I can’t really tell you where.
My epilepsy came on when I was eleven years old. Sometimes people get lucky and grow out of it. But it was the opposite for me. At its worst I would have five grand mal seizures a day.