Sep '09 - Feb '12
Many students in third year are just trying to make it to Italy next semester at this point, and yet contrary to what seems the current standard, I'm incredibly excited about the work I'll be producing and the work our studio section is doing.
Possibly even more so than at other schools(?), education in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent is a lot like a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' novel. I find that I'm receiving exactly the kind of education that I could hope for right now, but only because of the sequence of studio professors that I'm selecting. It seems very possible to come here and graduate with a completely different education than another peer. At first this wide array of viewpoints was frustrating...from traditional and technical to concept driven and contemporary. But now I'm at a point where I only see benefits from this situation because it's forcing me to go out of my way to get what I want out of Kent. The nice is thing is that what I 'want' is here (just in nooks and crannies worth a little searching) which only makes me more determined to succeed according to my own visions of my future. (What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, they say?)
Which is really, pretty cool.
For me, thankfully, I get some what of a leg up in this. Being in the Honors College allows me the opportunity to schedule prior to undergrad scheduling...which means I get first pick of assigned studio professors. Not everyone is so lucky. Unless you teach a first year experience course, there are few other ways to get priority scheduling that I know of. (Although there have been times when every studio section instructor is listed TBA and selecting a section becomes, in effect, a lottery. An uncomfortable place to be in to say the least.)
But like I said I've been lucky and was able to choose my studio this semester as well...and I'm pretty exited about it. More about what we've / I've been doing these first three weeks soon when my schedule lines up with the print room's (so I can pay 1.50 per scan to archive some drawings). Here's an image via camera phone of our first informal pin-up. Featuring, of course, our version of pin-up space and a staircase to nowhere. >>>