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Okay, guilty of not making time to blog about the crazy things that happen in architecture school.

WHAT A BIG SURPRISE.

Fast forward, I graduated (now that’s a big surprise). I landed a job in my home state, yay! I was debating on moving to the west coast or not. I told myself if I don’t land any of my top two architecture firm choices, then I’m traveling, then moving!

But lucky me, I made really great connections and got one of my top two firm choices 🙂

Forever thankful. Hashtag blessed.

 

In one month, I will be presenting my dissertation at the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture Spring 2016 Doctorate Project Presentations.

Yes, I definitely got through it all… but not quite done yet!

This has been the most difficult, crazy, yet invigorating experience of my life yet. I would not force any person to get their masters or doctorate unless they really wanted it, and loved their field. Don’t get me wrong, I love Architecture. But this… this pushed every limit possible of my sanity, and my physical well-being. I can’t even imagine what other doctorate candidates go through when the time it takes to get their doctorate degree is around at least 4-7 years.

So, was it worth it? It was. I grew in ways, I couldn’t have imagined. The program as a whole – from zero knowledge of architecture coming from a business marketing background, to a full fledged doctor of architecture candidate.

Education is, and has always been, what you make of it. I learned more about myself, my capabilities, exceeded what I thought I was capable of. I learned the most from my classmates/studiomates. I admired them in many ways, different things in each of them. My architecture education has opened my mind to many opportunities on how to apply creativity and creative thinking. Architecture education and architecture as a profession demands a well-rounded and highly diverse skill set – everything from writing, reading, graphic visualization, presenting, client relations, and more. We are expected to know so much, and a general knowledge of almost everything. This is what I love about it though. Diversity is strength.

I should start working on my presentation…

I have been into self-improvement books lately, or what I like to call — opening your mind and exploring other ways to think.

I have recently listened to Tina Fey’s audiobook called BossyPants. First, I love Tiny Fey. I think she is so great, and funny.

This was not a self-improvement book, it more revolved around some of the stories she chose to share with her readers. Entertaining for me, since she was actually the one to be reading her audiobook!

There was one part that hit me though. It was actual advice that I understood and could apply in my life. She related life to improv comedy.

She states that in improv, you learn to say yes, but always contribute something to the situation. She states great examples which I am not going to get into because I would just make a fool out of myself trying to make a funny example. But the point is…

If we say yes to things in life, don’t just be a YES man or woman, contribute something to it in which you would be satisfied with the result too.

How Tina Fey related improv comedy to the way we all should be responding and reacting in life was truly inspiring for me. I have to keep reminding myself to think this way. *notes on life*