from such great heights

midterm review

Posted in life by chapwoman on February 10, 2010


An invitational is to basketball players
And dress rehearsal is to broadway stars
And performance appraisals are to business executives
As midterm reviews are to architecture students.

I have been attached to my studio project for the last week, pumping out computer images of my design and gluing pieces of chipboard together and bonding with my classmates. My ideas get lost in the process. They get lost in a to-do list. But thankfully, God has provided me a social life while still managing this ridiculous architecture lifestyle. Like having guests over for dinner, and going to tea parties on the weekend, and sitting with friends on the lawn of Engineering North talking about everything BUT school.

In the last week I have realized why I enjoy architecture, how to-do lists can be dangerous, and how intense the headaches feel when you stare at a computer for longer than 8 hours in the same day. Lord, I pray I don’t look at a computer for longer than 8 hours a day when I start working. That would really make me feel out of whack.

What I love most about reviews, however, are the relationships strengthened in the process. The frenzy of preparation and delirium after midnight bring us closer than most family members.  I value the late night giggle sessions and spiritual conversations with my dear friend Anna. I value youtube-watching sessions and Facebook gawking with Christian and Lindsey. I even value the insults and whines thrown across the room from Zach’s corner.

I’m presenting my design for the Neurobiological Research Center in one hour.
Fingers crossed that my work paid off.

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