September 01, 2014

Welcome to Architecture School

I remember my first day of Architecture School. I was worried. Funny, it was the way I met two good friends in Architecture School as we worried outside the main entrance before our 8am class. It was a big transition and a bit scary at the beginning. I had cold feet; I was questioning if I was able to make it and was intimidated with the workload. My worries and anxieties was building before architecture school as I knew about the all-nighters when touring the architecture building during months earlier. The architecture students guiding my tour were pretty blatant about their caffeine runs and sleepless nights.

There were moments when I felt like I could not take a pause to get a breather. You hit the ground running on the first day of architecture school: I was thrown into my first studio project, I had textbooks to buy, group projects to work on, drafting supplies to look for, safety workshops to attend, student loans to pick up and the list goes on. There were times in my first few weeks of school when I wanted to quit. Looking back, I am very happy that I did not give up and I managed to finish.

I must provide comfort to those freshman archies who read my blog. Just like the first day of high school, we all get those jitters and worries. When you are placed in a new environment with new people it can be a bit overwhelming at times. We have all been there. I hope everyone’s transition is much smoother than mine. You eventually get acclimatized to it all and you can look back and laugh at the experience you overcame.
You will be amazed at how 4-5 years of school will fly by quickly. So make the most of your architecture student career. Get involved in student groups that promote studio culture and give you opportunities to grow and develop professionally. Be dedicated to your design work as this will be the foundation of your portfolio to get work.

Embrace studio. Unlike other majors, we have the design studio which will become your home away from home away from home. This is the place where you will get to make many new friends, learn from each other, work on your projects together, and spend many many late nights. This is the place where you will laugh, cry, worry, and have fun with your architecture family of peers.

If there is any advice of preparation I can give freshman architecture students it would be this:
Buckle up, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride...but a fucking awesome one if you allow it to be fucking awesome. So make the most of your studio experience – because 4-5 years will fly by quickly. 

Here's to an awesome architecture school experience. Enjoy.
- The Underdog Architecture Student

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