Winter Break 2016/2017

Its finally the end of the semester!  For some of us it was our first semester in college, for others it was just another semester and for those of us who are almost finished it’s the final countdown.  Either way you survived; give yourself a pat on the back! You deserve it!

Now that the semester is finally over what to do???  Some of us will be going home,some of us will be staying in Boulder, some of us have jobs and other don’t.  We all know a nap is a must but after the nap it’s not such a bad thing to be productive.  This doesn’t mean that you have to work every day or even be up early.  Make a list of a few things you want to do or learn how to do.  What studio are you going into next? Is there a program you want to brush up on or learkaren3-2n more of to better prepared?

As President of AIAS I will be attending Forum in Boston over New Years with some local members!  This event is a great networking opportunity and anyone attending.  Before I go I will be freshening up my resume and portfolio as well as making a business card.  These are great ways to show what I have done and get myself out there..  Even if you are not going to Forum it is still an opportunity to create or freshen up your resu
me.  This winter break is an excellent time to work on your portfolio for scholarships as well.  While this may appear to be school work, just remember that you’re not burdened by deadlines, you’re in the comfort of your own home and you can take your time.  No stress!

Break is also an opportunity to brush up on some skills.  You could finish off that sketch book from semester with sketching.  Take an opportunity to explore your home or explore more of Boulder.  Gather ideas for next semester.  Not great with Photoshop?  Watch some tutorials and make something cool! You could insert something you created from previous semesters into a real-world location or even an alien one.

A great piece of advice I took away from AIAS’ Coffee with an Architect event is that you need other hobbies outside of architecture and school in general.  Learn to knit or weld!  Learn a new program that is not associated with design.  Don’t forget to engage in your current hobbies as well.  I know I’ll be sewing more while on break.

Most importantly is to rest and destress and enjoy time away from school.

Happy Holidays and have a Happy New Year!
-Karen