• New to Archinect!

    By mariadelourdeso
    Sep 3, '14 4:47 AM EST


    I guess since this is my first entry here, I should give a brief about me and why I decided to write a blog. My name is Maria Ornelas, and I am finally a fifth year student at Cal Poly Pomona, where I have been since 2008.

    I was born and raised in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico, where I had already chosen an Architecture School before moving to Los Angeles. Moving from Mexico to this city was everything except easy. My father, who always loved America, decided to bring me and my three siblings so we could have what he called "a better future." I did not understand what that meant, and for a long time, I thought that "better future" was just an illusion or some sort of dream that only happened in the American movies I used to watch as a kid. I was fortunate to finish my high school education, even named the Valedictorian of my class. I say fortunate because aside from adjusting to my new life, I got accepted to the Architecture program at Cal Poly Pomona. 

    The journey began in September 2008. I was very excited to finally go to Architecture school, and I got to stick to the program for the next three years. Unfortunately, life does not always favor our ways. A series of personal issues and events pushed me to leave the program. Initially, I decided to leave for one year, so I could take care of my personal life. The next year, I came back to school, but I was not sure I wanted to continue in Architecture. I focused on finishing the remaining General Education classes, and I decided to deal with my major during the summer. 

    Last summer, I decided that Architecture was not for me. Being absent for so long dropped my confidence and my willingness to continue, but at the same time I did not know what else to study. It felt like there was no way to start over in another career, so maybe I should have just quit completely. As I discussed my options with my sister, I got a phone call that completely changed the direction I tried taking. My fellow classmate thought about me to take a job at a small firm where I would correct plans, and do some schematic design for other projects. Initially, I told my friend I could not take it, given the whole story above. She did not give up and asked me to try, and so I did. 

    Today, I am very grateful for that phone call. During my time at the job, I learned and refreshed my knowledge, and it was easy to pick up my skills again. I also became more confident about coming back to school. Fortunately, my studio professors were patient, helpful, and critical on my work, leading me to pretty amazing final reviews, where even the LA Conservancy interviewed me and photographed my final project. 

    The idea of this blog occurred to me not only because I love to write, but also because I want to share my thoughts, criticisms, research, and everything that helps me get to the final version of my Senior Project. Hopefully it is of some help for the future fifth or sixth year Architecture students and also know that there is someone else over here with the same fears, issues, and hopes to succeed in this field.

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After six years of marking off an endless list of classes, this is the end; or maybe not, since life changes unexpectedly. This is a blog about Senior Project: research, sketches, thoughts, and inspiration sources. it will be great if someone feels related to the fears, issues, but also the good outcomes that this year may bring.

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