For an architecture major in college, what extra-curriculars or electives should I take in highschool to best prepare me for college? Did you take any of these that you recommend?
If you are interested in learning more about directly-related courses to prepare you for your college major, check your school's Curriculum Handbook. There may be classes offered on "design" which on the surface appear to be just about computer applications or engineering but can encompass "The Principles of Design" that interior designers, game designers, and architects use. You may be able to take the first course as a one-time elective without taking an entire vocational program. Our school district has "hubs" located in different high schools for specific vocational or college-preparatory programs. For example, there is an interior design focus at one high school. Students take one, full-year course each year (grades 9-12). Another high school offers manufacturing certification to become a state-licensed machinist. Be sure to talk to your high school counselor about your goals. A design course might be considered a fine art elective.
For your own interest and to open your mind to types of architecture and related jobs, check out architectural blogs about using alternative materials, eco-friendly design, trends in building, designing buildings to withstand hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. You can always find books at the public library about renown influencers. Begin by asking a Reference Librarian about either a local historical society or buildings of interest in your area.
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