Flipping To a New Page. First Week of School

Today’s Topics:

  • Summer Reflection
  • Classes That I’m Taking
  • Extracurricular Clubs and Organizations

Summer Reflection

This has been the most interesting summer I’ve had in my life and it has been a rollercoaster journey all the way through.

We went into the summer restricted by COVID-19 where I’ve had to socially distance myself from others and larger groups.

Instead I spent my time networking online and virtually while also being selected to serve as the Vice President of The National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS).

We have accomplished a lot over the summer and are making our mission known and working with the school and it’s faculty.

I have struggled this summer as I tore my Achilles which resulted in me getting surgery changing any plans that I had of walking for quiet some time.

Ultimately between my injury and COVID-19 my summer internship was cancelled.

That was really hard for me to hear because I had plans for each of my summers and how I wanted to spend them, but now all that has to change as I look into the future.

But amidst all of this, I found the bright side of things a spent my summer working on developing my website/business and learning as much architecture software as I could.

I’ve had quiet a few people that I had set up meetings with over the summer that have helped me learn more and more each week and I am very grateful to have this new skill set going into my second year.

Classes That I’m Taking

I am very excited to go into my second year at Virginia Tech even though it will be all virtual for me.

This is the first year that we actually dive into architecture during studio. Some aspects will of course be different because I don’t have access to the facilities, but just like last semester, I am determined to grow.

So I am taking 5 classes this semester and I’ve already gotten a jumpstart on one of the harder ones:

  1. Basic Principles of Structures
  2. Architecture Studio
  3. Building Materials
  4. Histories of Architecture
  5. Leading Global Sustainability

Structures is so called one of the hardest classes with the lowest average GPA. It is a combination of math and science. Basically it is physics for buildings.

I’m in luck because I took physics in high as an honors and then AP course so all of that should come in handy for me.

I have also already completed the first 4 classes worth of work as I plan to stay ahead of schedule with my work.

Architecture Studio is my favorite because that’s where we do all of our projects. This is where I will get to apply all of the things I have already learned about architecture.

Building Materials is a class that I am very interested in learning because materials are one of the most essential thing to be considered when designing a building.

Histories of Architecture is always fascinating to see how things from the past influence the way we live today.

Leading Global Sustainability is the only elective pathways class that I am taking and I chose it because I know my generation will be the one solving all of the problems coming to the earth in the coming years.

I always love learning and I am glad that my classes are starting back up.

Extracurricular Clubs and Organizations

Aside from schoolwork, as you may already know, I love to stay involved in my community at school and I plan to continue that this year.

As I’ve said before, I am serving as the Vice President for NOMAS this year and I am excited about leading our organization into a successful year.

I just had a meeting for the CAUS Ambassador program and I am excited about being part of this student leader group. We represent the school for alumni, and prospective students that come to the school.

I am looking forward to working with the Seismic Design Team again as we won first place in architecture and 3rd place in board design for the annual EERI competition.

I joined DESIGN For America last year but was not that involved. I plan to increase my involvement with this organization.

The FutureHaus project is something that I aim to continue working on throughout my career at school. I know that we are still looking forward to the world expo in Dubai for next summer.

I know that already sounds like a lot but I love to take opportunities that are given to me and if there are more things for me to get involved with I would highly consider doing more work to gain more experience.

I have also decided to do something that will keep me active and having fun while learning. Since I have been sidelined from the soccer field for quite some time, I have literally sidelined myself and am now the Head Coach for the 2006 CSC Bulldogs!


Thank you for tuning into this week’s blog post, I am very thankful for all of you actively reading my blog and I will surely continue my blog going into the school year! As always, Dream Big!

Published by Alonzo Colon

Architecture Student at Virginia Tech

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