I have been designing for 15 years, five years in an enterprise environment. I have degrees in communication design, game design and computer science.
In my opinion, user experience is not just about making a page "pretty." The information architecture, content, graphic design and the back-end development all impact the experience someone has with a page or application.
In my spare time I attempt to keep a house from being torn apart by three hyper cats, and mildly irritate my family by digging up embarrassing facts about our ancestors, better known as genealogy.