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    How to become a resilient architectural student in your first year of school?

    Mariz Youssef
    Mar 15, '21 10:18 AM EST

    First, resilience means quickly recover from challenges and difficulties. 
     How can it be used in the architecture profession? How will it help you to move forward?

    I am a second-year architecture student, and I would like to share my experience of how the first year went.  

    I remember my first day of school was quite nervous and lost. But I was excited to get to know new people. The first assignment the entire studio class had to do was "fundamental geometric principles to generate and calibrate architectural mass."  

    We had to learn on our own and also using a new software “Rhino” we have not learned how to use it. Most of us were panicking but there was one different person. Instead of panicking he would look up tutorials and will try to search up a way to learn, adapt, and also will help everyone in the studio that was struggling with using Rhino. Most of us started to help other students and we started to know how to use Rhino. 

    In my first review project, I failed, and I couldn’t understand why. So, I went to ask my professor and asked him, what am I doing wrong? I have been working so hard. He told me, “Mariz, you need to work smarter, not harder.” 

    I used to stay all night and try to work hard to finish my project and wouldn’t be able to finish building my physical model and drawing my plans and sections sites.

    I thought of what the professor said to me, so I started to learn from my mistake and be realistic. I should find my weaknesses to work on them and learn to not repeat the same mistakes. 

    Same year and semester my instructor told me that my plans, sections, and elevations are very hard to read, and it makes no sense. This time, I must work smarter and ask my classmates and other instructors to give me feedback. Push forward, with the help of critics and redoing my work to make sure it makes sense.  In my final review, I presented in front of the dean and she was one of the juries. The dean First thing said to me, “Your plans and sections are very easy to read, and you did a great job on your drawings.” 

    Falling the first project was just a lesson to learn how to succeed. Take challenges and difficulties as small rocks and use them to build your stairs to help you reach your goals and become resilient will help you to be stronger and unbreakable.  

    “Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you've lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something good.” 

    ― Elizabeth Edwards

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