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    Has It Really Been THAT Long???

    Maria Ornelas
    Feb 12, '21 8:01 AM EST

    It's June 1st, 2015 and it's the final days of school at Cal Poly Pomona. Finally, I am seeing a light at the end of those long seven years which felt like twenty. That version of hell will finally be over and I get to do something I haven't done in so long: GET A FULL NIGHT'S SLEEP!

    Hi there! I'm just writing a short introduction here so that you can remember who I am and why I have never deleted this blog even though I had really uninteresting, unauthentic writings about what I thought people would like (and turns out nobody even read it!)

    For the longest time, 6 years to be exact, I wanted to document my career somehow because I thought I had this super unique and special story. I was not the typical student in college. To put it in the correct terms, I was on an overstayed tourist visa from Mexico, and that prevented me from going home (because that wouldn't allow me to come back) and also didn't allow me to fully establish myself in the beautiful Land of the American Dream. I lived in such a limbo state that I made some not-so-smart decisions which prolonged the solution to my "problem". 

    Fortunately, California let me finish High School, and in three short years they called me a "California Resident" and they let me apply to college without paying out of state tuition. I was very lucky to get accepted to Cal Poly Pomona as an Architecture major. The school makes sure to emphasize that the applicants know this is an "impacted" major and only "the best of the best" get in. And they do know how to pick these people! I met many wonderful friends, teachers, and even the love of my life there!

    My stay in Cal Poly was really a nightmare. I didn't know what I was thinking when I said "I want to be an architect!" Even if you ask me now, I'm still searching that purpose. I have been working in the field for six years, and I even opened my own design office and people actually call and give us projects. I like working on it, I am confident with my skills, I know that it takes more discipline and willpower to succeed than it takes talent, but how do you find your purpose? How can you make sure your work is meaningful without the typical arrogance?

    I want this space to be non-judgmental, and to respect each other's opinions, questions, no matter how simple or complicated. So there you have it. I hope you enjoy reading, and be patient with me, as I am not a professional writer and I was an ESL (English as a Second Language) student for many years. 


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Welcome to my "blog"!!! A space where I have never known how to put in writing what I really think. If I feel inspired, I will be writing about whatever I feel like during the day. It may or not be about Architecture. So don't expect much, but let me know if somehow what I say made you think, reflect, or if you disagree. No Judgements here!

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