Four months ago, I started my third year of college, as well as my first year of architecture grad school. I know, the math might not be adding up for you. I still have a hard time believing that I’m a grad student.
In the very first week, my TA pointed out to the class that half of us wouldn’t work in a design field once we were done, and of the rest, half of us wouldn’t work in an architecture related career.
But to answer the question that is the title of this post, I am not 100% sure that architecture is really for me. I am, I would say, about 85% sure that it is for me. What I am 100% sure of is the fact that I do not want to do anything in a field that is not related to design. I never enjoyed the sciences in high school. I have never once taken a business class or course.
I have toyed with the idea of going to pilot school, but it is always a fleeting idea. I prefer to not fly on my own. I also have to take deep breaths every single time we hit a turbulence pocket, and landing and taking off especially from Cheddi Jagan International is a heart wrenching experience for me every single time I do it.
More realistically, if I don’t work in an architecture firm, the other options I have given myself are store front design, jewelry design, and interior decorating. These are other things that I have found myself interested in. I fell for the idea of designing store windows when I walked through SOHO in New York with my older cousin this past spring break. It wasn’t a special occasion, but I was mesmerized by the work in the store windows. I’d love to see what the store fronts look like right now for Christmas. I always play with the notion of jewelry design when I step into Topaz in Georgetown, Guyana. Their work is breathtaking. And I’ve always considered interior decorating to be a part of architecture, but it doesn’t have to be.
The reason that I’ve stayed in the architecture major is mostly due to conversations I’ve had with other people. I used to date a young man whose mother works in a jewelry store called Jewelry Artisans in Atlanta, Georgia. I have never actually been to the store, but I can promise you that their merchandise is exquisite as I’ve been gifted a few of their works and loved them all. I told her one day that I had been thinking of changing my major to jewelry design. She told me not to. Why? Because with a degree in jewelry design, if in ten years I decide I do want to build houses, I can’t. But if I have a degree in architecture and in ten years I decide that I want to create jewelry, then I can. And this stands for visual merchandising, interior decorating, and almost every other field in design.
And this is why I plan on sticking out three and a half more years of very little sleep and terrible eating habits. Hopefully in that time I do not run my body into the ground seeing that I made a decent effort this semester.