If given only six words to describe yourself, what would you say?
As a man of many words, I find it hard to pare down my thoughts easily. Imagine my difficulty at having to describe myself in so few words. Not only do I have to define who I am as a person, which is hard to do objectively, but to do so in only six words.
Take this as you will, but this is both something I try to live by and what I consider to be good advice.
Live to the edge of life.
There is always a moment when people take the time to envision what they could be doing 10 or 20 years down the road. When deciding a college major and possible future career, that time is very well spent. I decided to pursue architecture because it appealed to me for a variety of reasons.
One of the main reasons is the variety and creativity that the profession offers. An architect is not restricted to one thing or another. Their work can be as diverse as focused as they want. Also, the profession is not a static one. If I filed tax returns for a living, I would not count on much excitement or change throughout my career. As an architect, the possibilities are constantly changing and adapting. Office work, client meetings and presentations, and site visits, along with other work, will keep me engaged and constantly striving to better myself in my career.
I have a chance to do work that can benefit so many people, and that is a large motivating factor as well. Buildings have a large impact on the earth and the people that use them, and being an architect gives me the opportunity to be a positive influence.
In the end, architecture will end up being more than just a career, it will turn into a lifestyle.