You know how sometime you get sidetracked by all kinds of miscellaneous stuff that throws your schedule off? That’s kind of how things have been lately. To summarize, I got to experience jury duty & service for the first time, sitting on a trial for reckless driving. That was an interesting experience, and I am glad that I got to be part of it.
I also took a few nights off to domy IDP hours. This is the first round I’ve done with the new system, so it took some time to convert my old custom template to the new divisions before inputting all my hours from my office time cards. After seeing how everything worked out I’ve got to admit that I’m pretty disappointed with myself and my progress. It feels like I’ll never finish the internship. I only have about 470 hours to go, 12 weeks of time, but most of my outstanding hours are in Engineering Systems, Construction Costs, and Code/Regulation…topics I haven’t been getting much hands-on experience with. I did mention it to the guys at the office so they know what I’m missing, and also looked into some of the supplementary opportunities. I know I’ll need to do some extra work once I finish the BS exam, otherwise I don’t think I’ll have my internship done and license in hand by my goal deadline of August. Still, I can’t shake the feeling of being genuinely worried. I guess it is what it is at this point.
Last week I was reminded of an agreement I made nearly a decade ago. I was given the opportunity to serve as senior class president at my high school, and part of the unofficially official job description included planning the 10 year reunion for the class, “no big deal” I thought, “that’s years away!” Well the time to plan is now. I’m realizing that if I’m going to pull this event for 200 classmates off by next fall, I’d better get started. As one peer quipped, “She’s an architect now right? According to the show ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Architects are cool.” I’d hate to disappoint, but I did quickly mention that I’m not nearly as cool as Ted Mosby. Still, it should be fun, and I hope I’ll be able to find some help soon.
Which leaves us to studying. I’ve been trying to dedicate at least an hour a night to it, but I can tell I’m slipping and need to do more. I’m already planning on Saturday being a day to turn off the internet and focus on building systems, and it’s my hope that it will get me refocused for next week. I’d still like to have my study guide done by Halloween, and with just under two weeks to do so, I’d better get really busy.
Oh and speaking of study guides, there’s an incredible document called exam review.doc on the forum FTP site that I’m building mine off of. It has references to all of the pages in MEEB that are useful, and is already broken into the appropriate NCARB content areas. Hooah! There’s tons to go through, but it looks really useful.
So life is a little crazy right now, but it’s busy times like these that remind me of my favorite Charles Eames quote: “Never let the blood show. ” I’m trying my best not to.