• School

    WHAT THE **** AM I GETTING OUT OF COLLEGE???

    So listen, I keep hearing this same story circulating between my friends and people that I meet, so I have to share right? I am sure you have heard of this same story too, just in different contexts. It is the oh-so-frustrating story of the college graduate entering their career and… guess what? It DOESN’T work out. Now, I understand there are many factors that go into why this happens, and some things are unavoidable. HOWEVER, I want to focus on a single, very specific factor that has a way of getting under my skin and rob the average student of time, energy, and money that could’ve been put towards his/her…

  • Travel

    WORK AND PLAY: LESOTHO EDITION

    Revelation moment to share! So, I’m sitting on my bed, right? And, as I continue to ponder and unpack the information from my past trips, I was trying to understand why my experience in Africa was so different from my previous travel escapades. Sure, it was the first time traveling alone, yes it was the first trip outside of school, and yes, it was on a spur-of-the-moment decision that I chose to go . . BUT there was something else. Something that made this particular experience spark ideas in my head for my future. Then the realization began to formulate in my head. I came to Lesotho with the intention…

  • Travel

    HOW I CHOSE TO ESCAPE TO AFRICA ON MY OWN…AND WHAT CAME NEXT

    How do I even begin? Whenever I think back on this, I get flashes of memories jumbled out of order in my head. It’s like my brain gets all excited again and I’m trying to recall my favorite parts that I don’t want to leave out. Well, I started out TERRIFIED. Traveling alone, international land I’d never stepped on, a country I’d only heard of a couple months prior, knowing absolutely no one — yeah, I definitely was second guessing my decision leading up to the trip. But, every time I mentioned it to someone, they sounded so excited for me so it made it easier for me to get…

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  • Travel

    SURE MOM, I’LL TRY NOT TO GET IN TROUBLE IN SCOTLAND…..OOPS

    So…. I guess I can’t say I completely stayed out of trouble during my trip to Aberdeen, Scotland. I mean, it’s not like I go searching for it, nor am I a mischievous person. Would you believe me if I told you that I legitimately was almost arrested there for being too good? Let me explain. I was in Scotland for an architecture studio project visit. As an architecture student I am inclined to study what exactly? You guessed it – Architecture! So there I was with my project partner, standing on the site we were ASSISGNED to study, taking pictures of the buildings, and observing the area. Harmless right? Well…

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  • Travel

    Scotland Struggle

    I am about to embark on a trip to Aberdeen, Scotland, and for some reason I have a feeling this trip is going to change some things in my life. I am on a rough road in personal strains and I have to leave in five hours to this place thousands of miles away for three weeks. I feel like I am leaving an open wound so I could go on some European adventure, but I know that I still have to go. It is an architectural study trip where I will be working with the Aberdeen City Council on designs for a new urban regeneration plan that could help…

  • Lessons

    Awkward with Architects

    Ever been hesitant to approach someone? Particularly someone you look up to or you feel is on a more professional level than you? Yeah, same. I went to this architecture event that was stuffed with licensed architects and firms, and hesitation was the theme for that night. There, everyone is expected to make small talk with people they somehow already know and I was there standing at the snack table acting very interested in whatever the hell I was eating, trying not to look awkward. I felt that, as an architecture student, it would be a shame to go to this event if I didn’t once talk to one of…