I got my third “pass” letter in the mail this week for my architectural licensing exams.  3 down!  But 6 more to go…  I never anticipated this being such a laborious process.  When I started studying for my first test back in February, I thought I might enjoy falling back into study-mode, reliving a small piece of student life.  I thought it would be fun to spend my Saturdays at a cafe with my books and flashcards.  I was wrong.  I am putting off doing that very thing as I sit here and type – I should be off somewhere else, distraction-free, studying for my upcoming test on Monday.  Instead, I have already spent much of today surfing the internet, cleaning the house, doing a little yard work.  I guiltily took a 30-minute nap after lunch.  Shame on me for not being the studious architect-in-training that I know I should be…  Some of the study material has been interesting, but I’m down to needing to memorize the nitty-gritty details, like the proper slope of a storm drain line, or the difference between mediation and arbitration in terms of an building-related lawsuit.  Why can’t the architectural licensing process require things like building cool models or using travel to experience the way that culture informs architecture?  One can only wish…

I am looking forward to having this process behind me so that I can enjoy spending more time on my neglected hobbies – I’m afraid the “now painting”, “now reading”, and “now stitching” pages I’ve posted on this blog don’t rotate nearly as frequently as I’d like with completed projects and new endeavors.  All the more motivation to get these tests DONE.


  1. Steve says:

    I came across your blog while surfing the web instead of working on an assignment. It was the best thing I read all day! Thank you for relieving of the guilt I felt for not studying! 🙂

  2. brieanne says:

    man, you may not be enjoying, but it makes me feel guilty for not even having STARTED my exams. YUCK. congrats on your 3rd pass–thats awesome!

  3. Jared Kuykendall says:

    Congratulations on your third test.

    And don’t get too down on yourself, a lot of us still haven’t even started, let alone passed three whole tests. At least you get the occasional sketch in, and post to your blog regularly, I can’t even do that.

    I’m looking forward to feeling your guilt some day.