A few weekends ago, I traveled with my middle daughter, to attend an open house for her college she will be attending in the fall. This open house and tour was very different from any I have ever been on. This was an entirely new area of college that I was unfamiliar with as well as tour I was so out of my comfort zone.
You see Mikaela has always dreamed of building houses and building. I can remember when she was just toddler, her building elaborate designs out of her Lincoln Logs and Lego sets. So it was no surprise to my husband and me when she said she wanted to grow up to be an architect.
So the open house we attended was for the program of interior architecture. We got a first-hand look at where she would be studying for the next four years maybe five if she decides to go to graduate school.
To say the building was unique would be an underestimate. Each floor was designed differently. When you first walk in the building, it is like you are entering into an art museum. But as we traveled up and down the elevators, each floor took on its own persona. The lower level held the metal and woodworking shop. The second floor held art studios. The third and fourth floors were specifically for the interior architecture students. As we climbed levels, we noticed how much more studio space each student in the program would get to work in.
But what impressed me the most was the top level with its glass ceiling classroom. There the group met with a professor in the program and listened to him talk about the program and the building itself. Although the building is unique, they had to cut out some of the things the architect had suggested because of budget costs and such. Which led the professor to tell us about the classes the students would be taking some of them would cover costs of building their designs, because a lot of students don’t take in the costs of materials, designs, a home warranty, etc when designing.
After listening to all the professor said, Mikaela and I took a quick tour around campus and talked about some of the other possibilities of classes for her take as electives that would complement her degree. To say that this open house was informative was an understatement. It totally set Mikaela’s mind at ease that this is definitely what she wants to be doing with her life.