I just got the letter. My IDP training units have been given their final review and I am prepared to take my Architecture Review Board examinations. I decided I wanted to be an architect when I was 8 years old. Since that time, it has always been at the top of my list of goals. Now that goal is almost completed. Yes it might take me two years to finish all the exams, but this is it. The last hurdle.
I work in residential. I do large houses. Many architects would call this a sell out, and I do get slack for it from my fellow peers. But what they don’t see, is that Residential work allows me the mental ability to have fun with work, while I start to build other things in my life. You see I am not obsessed with my job, I am obsessed with my goals. To finally achieve this goal is an amazing thing. I cannot wait to move on, having what I have worked for rather than working for it. It is 2007. I will be an architect by 2010.
If I had known that it was going to take me 15 years to do this, I wonder if I would have started. I dropped out of band in high school to do take drafting classes… although that wasn’t a stresser, drafting was more fun. I missed out on parties while I was an undergrad… although I did do more than my fair share of partying. I broke up with my boyfriend to go back to graduate school... although he was going thru a midlife crisis and needed space, and we have subsequently gotten back together. What I am trying to say is that I did what I needed to do, and the pieces around me fell where they laid. I always had fun, and I have absolutely no regrets. Now, I sit, ready to work thru the last hurdle.
I will always know all of my life, that I did it... and no one stopped me. Not even myself.