Wow guys, I am so sorry I’ve been so lame about blogging lately. I literally just have absolutely no time whatsoever lately to myself. Granted, I’m definitely still having a great time! I’m just a bit stressed at the moment.
For starters, architecture has been going really well! We are doing a case study now — a full analysis on a building and it’s structural and organizational values/themes using both plans and sections to do so — and I chose Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright as my residence. I absolutely adore to property and the lengths Wright goes to to preserve the idea of his building interacting with nature. After doing loads of research, I actually found that Ayn Rand actually based her main character in The Fountainhead, the book I forced myself to read this summer, mostly on Frank Lloyd Wright.
While creating 24 diagrams identifying the underlying ideas seemed daunting at the time the assignment was given, I decided to throw on a bathing suit, take my drawing board outside, and work in the sun. Tanning + Studio Work = Multitasking at its finest. It’s been approximately 85 degrees and sunny down here for the past 2-3 weeks and I am l.o.v.i.n.g. it. The sun is just so good for my mental health, as well as my pasty skin (which is no longer pasty, might I add!)
Well, right before spring break, our studio professors were supposed to give us a midterm grade — only freshman here at Tulane have the privilege of knowing their grades midway through the semester. Of course, I panicked. I had been told by every single upperclassman not to expect an A in studio, even if your work is perfect. I guess I’m just so used to being the overachiever that I never really thought I could put my all into something, be really really good at it, and still wind up with a B+; unfortunately, I did. Of course, I had my little crying fest, my mini mental breakdown over getting a B that didn’t even count towards anything (it’s just a midterm grade), and then I spoke with my professor about it. Honestly, what he said really annoyed me, but did make a lot of sense. Basically, he said that he didn’t give me an A because he knew that I was panicking about my grade, and that is not what architecture is about. He said I need to get comfortable with getting B’s in studio, because it is subjective grading and the outcome is not always going to be what I want it to be, nor does it even really matter in the big scheme of things. Becoming a successful architect is about developing as a designer and creating an astounding portfolio, not about getting the highest GPA in the class. He also said that he wants me to keep working to get better, and he thought that by giving me an A, it would give me license to relax and stop working my ass off. Well, I’m sure not letting up now! I’m sure I can bring it up — I just need to stay focused and keep doing what I need to do to perfect my skills.
Focal Point Study Quick Sketch
Color Layering Quick Sketch
Mardi Gras Bead Tree — Quick Sketch
The thursday that fall break started, I went with school to city park, an absolutely gorgeous park in New Orleans! I had the greatest time with my friend C. We ended up meeting a bunch of other girls in architecture and we just walked around, took pictures, and enjoyed the fresh air. I couldn’t think of a better way to have started the vacation.
[This picture is my favorite :] Taken by another good friend in architecture whose camera is fantastic!]
Well, on Wednesday after our reviews, a boy in my studio said, “Who wants to come to Baton Rouge this weekend with me and O!?” R and O are both from Baton Rouge and my friend and I looked at each other and yelled, “Us!” in unison. I actually thought he was kidding, but turns out his dad had gotten 4 tickets to the LSU game and he was dead serious! So, on Saturday, my friend K and I drove up to baton Rouge with R and met O there! First, we went on a needed shopping spree, and then we hit the university for tailgating! (P.S. If you have never tailgated at LSU (Louisiana State University), it is a must — absolutely wild!) We then went to a diner and ordered Pecan pancakes to share — sooooo yummy. On the way out, we saw a Menchies, the classic fro-yo chain down here in NOLA and it is self-serve! So good. I had chocolate cheesecake and original swirl :] I didn’t even get too wasted at the game and I had a really great time!
Once we arrived at R’s house, my friend K and I realized that R was absolutely, 100% loaded. O had warned us beforehand, but we were so not prepared for what we saw — He has a mansion and six cars! His house was absolutely gorgeous though and I really enjoyed spending time with all of them. That night, my friend K actually told me that she had an ED…I kind of panicked. I’ve never been in a situation like that where someone has just flat-out told me. I didn’t know if I was supposed to tell her or not? Or how I would even go about saying it… Regardless, I did tell her about mine and we ended up talking for a really long time about it. She is just the sweetest most adorable girl in the world and I want to help her in any way I can.
On that topic, I have yet to go to the real health center — I’m not avoiding it, I honestly just don’t want to bring my ED back into the forefront of my mind. I’ve been doing so well lately, I’m almost positive I haven’t lost any weight.
I alsooooo have no clue what I’m going to be for halloween. It’s like a huge deal down here, so I want to be something good! Any suggestions?
This Friday, I’m having shabbat dinner at the president of Tulane’s house :] I’m super duper excited! Anyone have exciting plans for the weekend?