The transition from student to intern is not an easy one, but it’s also not as difficult as you’d think.
If you’re like me and you choose to start working almost as soon as possible, you’ll get that lovely FOMO (fear of missing out) as your friends text and Snapchat you since they don’t start work for another month or so. During school, summer is usually spent relaxing and doing interesting yet undemanding internships. Needless to say, hearing the alarm clock go off is still a shock every morning. I’m slowly but surely falling into a routine that is helping me become a real adult…I guess.
One of the main things I had been informed of right off the bat was that working at MSB Architects would help me learn the technical side of architecture. I brought this up in my interview as a criticism against my education and lack of real-life experience. While learning how to forge my own design process and access my creative side, I missed out on the reality of building codes and Revit goodness. Admitting that to the people who you are interviewing with seems a bit foolish, but they reassured me that their job is to help me understand the practices and procedures used in this profession. So far this has been true. I feel that I am slowly starting to bridge the gap between where the projects I designed in school ended and how one would go about making those projects a reality.
Working in a small firm is helping me work directly with people that can help me get a grasp on the architectural process, get the experience I think I need, and most importantly ask lots of questions! That being said, I know I still have a lot to learn and it’s a new but exciting feeling to come to work and learn every day, even though I know this is just the tip of the iceberg that is “architecture.” Oh, and this idiom seems especially fitting for me because in my final critique my design was compared to The Titanic.
Overall my first couple weeks with MSB Architects have been incredible. I feel that I am a valued team member and I am inspired to continue learning and growing within the architectural field.