Behind The Desk

Today’s Topics:

  • Where Did The Passion Start?
  • Spending Countless Hours On A Project
  • Architecture Competition Guidelines

Where Did The Passion Start?

Ever since I first started high school I wanted to take architecture classes, to only find out that juniors and seniors are the only ones able to. So I planned out my schedule so I could lead myself into that path.

I already knew I was highly interested in math, science, technology, and art so this made my schedule really easy to make while also gearing it towards architecture.

Ever since I started taking architecture classes in high school, I really discovered my passion for the subject.

Every second I could get behind the computer, or in the room I would be working on my project.

Getting to school early, working on it during lunch, and even staying after school to work on it as well. I would do it whenever possible.

Spending Countless Hours On A Project

This past week I have been doing work for the second year competition.

Looking back to just these past three days alone, I have spent almost literally every second of the day working on it. From coming up with an idea, to modeling, to making a board. On top of that I will still be working today and tomorrow.

It has been about 16 hours per day, for 3 days. Then the other days (when I also had class and school work) was about 8 hours per day. So overall I have spent about 72 hours since last Monday working on this project, not including what I still have left to do.

At multiple points during the day my brother would come in and tell me to take a break, to then hear

“Do you know how much more work I have to do? I can’t stop until I finish!”

Every time I say that, I then ask myself, how can I constantly keep working and not be bored, tired or exhausted? What keeps my brain going after countless hours?

It comes from my passion for architecture. I want to be great, I want to create change, I want to set myself apart from others through the quality of my work. So I do what it takes, working every possible hour I can because I know it will only make me better.

Architecture Competition Guidelines

The thing with architecture competitions is that there is so much that you can’t control and I have to remind myself of that sometimes.

I could be the person that spends the most time and still not win, or the opposite and be the winner.

Some students possibly have an advantage over others. Maybe their professor is a judge and some subtle things make an individual’s board noticeable instead of anonymous.

The judges could also like your project, but be looking for something different.

Then there is also the fact that I am literally competing against over 100 other people so the odds are extremely thin.

This is all just to say that I realize that there are just certain things that I don’t have control over, and regardless of the outcome, I am happy with what I have learned over this past week.


Thanks for tuning into this week’s blog post, I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to send them my way. As always, Dream Big!

Published by Alonzo Colon

Architecture Student at Virginia Tech

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