10 Things You Hear Every Day In Architecture School

10 Things You Hear Every Day In Architecture School

"Do you think I need to reprint this?"

Although many do not realize it, architecture is one of the most challenging and rewarding majors out there. Living in studio is not something many college students can relate to, but anyone who spends a day in architecture school is sure to hear and probably say most of these ten things.

1. "I just spent $20 on printing."

That doesn't even include the dozens of dollars spend on materials.

2. "Were you able to go to bed last night?"

Nope, not "what time did you go to bed?" We've moved beyond that.

3. "Do you have to redesign your building again?"

There is a 99% chance that the answer to that is yes.

4. "I can't believe that (insert name of most intimidating instructor) will be at our review."

Good luck, because at a certain point that's all you have left.

5. "Do you think I need to reprint this?"

If you have to ask, sadly the answer is probably yes.

6. "Can I borrow some pins?"

They always seem to disappear into the abyss after pin-up.

7. "I wonder if studio will run late today."

Obviously, a three-and-a-half hour class isn't already long enough.

8. "The plotters are down again."

Disappointed, but not surprised.

9. "Wow, my drawing turned out fairly decent!"

Thrilled, and definitely surprised.

10. "Good luck!"

No matter how difficult studio or other classes become, you'll always have supporting peers and instructors to encourage you along the way.

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Communications Is A Major, Don't Belittle My Passion

"The art of communication is the language of leadership." — James Humes

In communication, writing is king because it establishes your credibility. There is no room for mistakes in our work because it is sent out to the public. The communication major opens a broad career field; however, it doesn't mean that it's an easy ride. If it's so easy, then why isn't it your major? I didn’t pick this because I’m not good at anything else but because this is what I've always wanted to pursue. I get to showcase my craft that is creative & honest storytelling.

First of all, who said we don't know about writing, social media, or talking? There are numerous career fields that are applicable to this major including sociology, marketing, advertising and public relations. Communication students are multi-skilled, creative and cultured; we want to make a difference in the world one medium at a time. Writing may be where someone's mind is at, but their heart and soul enjoys getting what they need to say.

Getting deep into the curriculum, at my school, has developed a critical awareness & further appreciation how communication contribute positively to personal interactions, business relationships and the mass propagation of information through media outlets. If you can't portray your new finding in a way that the average person can understand, then you have failed in conveying your message to the masses. Good communication is essential in just about every industry, helping to sell products to the public, maintain strong relationships with investors, clients, and – not always as prominent but just as important – to make sure everyone involved is on the same page.

I'm specifically studying journalism which, in case you didn't realize, is never going away, because the news will never stop coming. If journalists don’t risk their lives and work tirelessly to present the facts, who else is going to get you your morning news? I am majoring in journalism because I want to be a voice for people who don’t have one. I want to write articles that bring joy to peoples’ lives, and articles that make your jaw drop and make you question everything you thought you knew. This, like the reasoning behind your pursued major, is my passion. If there's no passion, then there's no point.

I’m not saying that communication is king of all majors or fields to be working in or downplay the hard work that students and professionals in the STEM fields do. Strong communication skills are invaluable in order to provide meaning & resonance to the companies’ aims and to present the company and its services or products in the clearest way possible to consumers, clients, and colleagues. Every path has its merits and every path can cross at one point or another. There truly is no limit to what you can become with whatever degree that you earn.

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The Emotional Stages Of Dropping A College Course

The question is, to drop or not to drop?

While in college we all have had that one class that we take knowing it’s a risk but we say, “Hey, I’m smart I can pass this class.” Well, easier said than done. For me, the first class I dropped was an online music class. Yes, you heard me, a music class. You may be thinking music should be easy especially if it’s online. Well, you would be incorrect.

I tried my hardest in this class until I realized I’m just no Mozart and I had to accept my fate and drop the course. So for those of you who have been here and for those of you that will be here, these are the stages that you go through emotionally before dropping that class like it’s hot.

1. Your life and GPA are plummeting

At this stage, you realize that something is wrong. You are focusing all of your time on this one class yet you are suffering for it. No matter how much work you put in both your life and GPA are on a downward spiral. The question at this point is to drop or not to drop?

2. You realize you have no other choice

The second stage is when you realize that you have no other option and that you are going to have to drop. You cannot afford to fail this class, like for real you paid money for this. Your only option is to drop!

3. But, do you really have no other choice?

Now you are thinking, but like do you really need to drop this class? You think, “Even though I failed the first two tests maybe it will get better. I got this!” Well guess what, odds are it’s not going to get better it’s going to get worse, you know how college classes work. So just drop it.

4. Do it. You HAVE to drop this class.

At this stage, you just need to do it. That "W" will look so much better on a transcript than a big fat "F." You got this. Drop that class. Just think, you’ll get your sanity and GPA back!

5. You did it, you’re free now!

You dropped it! You are finally free from that class that was holding you back. But, don’t get too excited about being “free” because you still have five other class begging for your attention. But, hey at least you aren’t going to fail them...hopefully.

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