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THE FIVE STEPS TO QUESTIONING YOUR MAJOR (AND WHY THAT'S OK)

October 28, 2016

Have you questioned your major today? I have, at least twice. Every student at some point questions their future career choice. It’s ok, you’re human, and I’m human. We doubt ourselves while trying to appear as if we don’t. Everyone follows their own path to questioning their major. Read on to begin yours.

 

1. Choose wisely.

There are many reasons as to how we’ve come to grace Campbell Hall with our presence. With each reason comes a different amount of confidence of our decision and our expectations of what lie ahead. You may have met…

 

a. The one who knew at 5 they wanted to be an architect.

They’ve been taking classes and workshops all throughout high school. They have a portfolio better than most 4th years, and either talk forever about how good they are or party every weekend because they having nothing to worry about.

 

b. The one who found architecture through high school.

They have passion for art and/or engineering. Maybe took a class or attended a lecture. Pretty confident with their selection with architecture. The majority will stay in the shadows until they find the one project that brings them out of their shell. A select few will brag on endlessly trying to convince themselves that they belong.

 

*this is an ambiguous category because it can encompass many different types of students. Make of it what you will.

 

c. The one who applied on a whim

That kid who wanted a challenge and thought, “what the hell, architecture sounds interesting”. Some end up loving it, others transfer out immediately.

 

d. The one who applied to the wrong school

No joke, I actually had a girl in my foundations class who “accidentally” applied to A-school. Didn’t realize she had enrolled until orientation.

 

 

2. Realize just how insane Architecture is.

It’s rather off-putting when everyone you meet looks at you wide-eyed when you say that you’re an A-Schooler. The majority of students will always look at you with curiosity befitting a circus when you identify as an architecture major. But, then you show up on the first day of studio and you enjoy the organized chaos. Architecture is not just a major, it’s a lifestyle. There will be days where you don’t think it’s that bad and then you’ll get an email from Dick Smith about a skunk.

 

3. Challenge your preconceptions.

We all came into architecture with a set idea of what to expect. Even if you’re here on a whim, you probably came in with certain expectations. There will come a point during first year where you explicitly sit down and question your decision. Not just the grumbling to all your College of Arts and Sciences friends, but a sudden realization that you may have just made the wrong choice. You’ll call all you relatives, that one friend from high school that you haven’t talked to since graduation, and you’ll even cry in front of your no-nonsense TA. It’s great…..

 

4. Show up the next day with class.

Because you’re not a quitter. One measly negative comment won’t bring you down. Not only will you show up the next day to class, but your head is high and that strut would put Kylie Jenner to shame. Keep on chugging on, you butt-kicker you.

 

*if you ever need a pick-me-up, go visit Mrs. Kathy

 

5. Repeat steps 2-4 as often as deemed necessary.

Architecture is rough. In time, you may realize that architecture isn’t for you and you’ll pursue your passions elsewhere. Otherwise, you’ll wake every morning debating on whether or not it’s worth it. But you’ll go, because you love it and that’s awesome.

 

 

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