I am lost. Ever since childhood I have always dreamed of becoming an architect. It was the passion of my life. However, during my first semester I discovered that in order to be an architect I had to study drawings as well as lots of detailed designs of interiors. I wasn’t expecting this level of detail and found it very boring. I adore architecture and I am fascinated by the idea of designing the external facades of buildings. However, much of what we are studing, the interior details for example are just not my thing. I spent quite some time feeling increasingly anxious, and decided to turn to studying civil engineering instead during the second semester. My thinking was that my favourite subject is Maths, which I believed would be useful. So, I am now writing to you as a student in the department of civil engineering. I have found this doesn’t suit me either, as I am still yearning to study architecture. It was my childhood dream and I don’t feel ready to give up on it yet. I feel lost and I do not know what to do. Could you please advise me as to what I should do?
Uns Baban, architect and writer
Dear “I’m lost”,
I have read your letter and felt your bewilderment and estrangement. In order to contexualise my response, allow me to tell you that I am a veteran architect myself; I therefore feel I can be candid with you. You ought to know that the study of architecture requires you to engage with exactly those details and technicalities you find boring. They are indeed essential elements of the major you have chosen. Taking into consideration that you are now attempting to study civil engineering and the fact that you do not find it appealing either, I would recommend that you move away from engineering in general. I am sure you will find another area of study you will find more satisfying. It is important to remember that times have changed and that these days engineering is no longer the most sought after subject area. The world is evolving and there are many options you could chose from that will be more suitable. I wish you luck and well-being, both at school and in your life.