Posted by Been there, and the confusion doesn't magically di on February 18, 2004 at 22:37:56:
In Reply to: confused first year student...maybe architecture? posted by tk on January 20, 2004 at 18:39:08:
Only you can answer the question of whether entering architectural school will be a bad thing or not. On one hand, your newfound love for what you've seen so far and your willingness to dedicate yourself are vital qualities if you expect later to be successful. On the other hand, others will have a significant and competitive headstart on you if they've entered school with years of art and construction-related skills and experience. You might be buoyed up by their examples and use that to your advantage, or be conversely humbled by comparison. Some people find undiscovered, latent abilities inside when pursuing a new field that they never anticipated. Some others more gifted will have evidenced such skills for years and the work will come easy for them. Some others will fall by the wayside. The most awkward aspect of your decision is attempting to judge your future in architecture by what you may glimpse in school. Architects are some of the most frustrated of all the professionals, being paid less than they are worth, and being asked to know far more than most professionals in other fields. Reader's Digest once did a survey of the most satisfying professions. Architects were ranked second to last, with only building janitors feeling less satisfied. Your confusion may be a lifeline helping you avoid a field which is possibly wrong for you. How better it is to be unsure and hesitate now than to be certain of something that later turns out wrongly. This isn't a field for the faint of heart or the unprepared. Fortunately, any long journey always begins with the first steps. But please check out the terrain ahead, find design professionals to talk to as well (and not just students and professors), and choose carefully. There's too many good people the profession spits out to the unemployment line because there often aren't enough jobs to go around and the pay is seldomly commensurate with the preparation the field demands.
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