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College of Design

Monday, September 30, 2013

Life Happens Outside of Studio

The most important rule I always remember while in school is to make time for yourself and to take breaks when you need them. The design process can be very intense and the studio and workshop culture will keep you busy as you research, create, diagram and model your ideas. Take advantage of your classmates! They are wonderful people to befriend, as they are great resources and the select few who understand the process you are going through as an architecture student. If you need a break, take a walk to a nearby restaurant in Dinkytown or along Washington Avenue to grab lunch or dinner with your classmates or simply stop and chat with them in the hallways. The bond between architecture students is amazing and often you find yourself laughing uncontrollably at jokes only an architecture student could understand. Don't give up your hobbies outside of school either. Try your best to manage your time and schoolwork so you can fit your hobbies into your schedule at least once a week. I often plan out my assignments at the beginning of the week so I can complete them in time and fit my hobbies in as well. Continuing your hobbies is a great way to clear your mind and distress. Check out this link for Student Unions and Activities offered at the U. There are so many things to discover and become involved in! Lastly, enjoy what you are doing in school. Don't be afraid to take risks and test design boundaries because that is what makes great and intriguing architecture!