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Is architectural school worth the time if you are passionate about it?

I really want to be an architect and I do not know if i should really go down this path

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Peyton’s Answer

Hi there!

While I can't speak from experience from any architectural background, I can speak from experience of being on the fence about a career path. In my opinion, if being an architect is something you are passionate about and something you're wanting to learn more about, go for it. I am currently a student at Grand Canyon University and was very hesitant about my chosen major. School was never something important to me and I ended up dropping out for a little bit before learning about my program at GCU. I had a 1.9 GPA in high school and junior college and now that I'm studying something I'm passionate about, I have 3.8. My advice is GO FOR IT. If you end up not liking it, explore a new major! You only get to live this life once, so live it doing the things you want to do and pushing yourself to the fullest. :)
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Chris’s Answer

Any education path is worth it if you're passionate about it! To find out about your passion, talk to people doing the job, read their blogs, and use your sources to learn about the profession. There are many aspects to architecture, and this will help you understand the trends in that industry and what types of skills are needed to fill open roles. In that way, you'll also come to know if you have a real passion for this field. For sure, taking classes can help and maybe you can land an internship so you can see how the business really works.

I always caution young people about school. Don't take out loans and if you do, make sure you have a clear path to repay the money. Don't go in serious debt for a degree. There are much better ways to get the education and experience you need to be successful. Good Luck!
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Meg’s Answer

Architecture needs passionate people! I would encourage you to follow your heart. Architecture school can be challenging and typically requires long hours of studio time which can be daunting. It may not be the most lucrative profession but being an architect is provides a reasonable living and there are many diverse paths within the disciplin which I find appealing. I believe that finding your personal purpose in life (Igikai https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikigai) will result in contentment. I also agree with comments above about minimizing debt as far as college is concerned. It is a tough being saddled with debt as you start your career. For undergraduate studies, I recommend finding an institution with a solid program that fits your budget. You can always choose to pursue a masters degree at a university that has presidious specialty programs you find you want to learn more about after completing your undergraduate studies. Learning on the job is also very valuable and I would definately recommend gaining real world experience in an architectural firm over summers or when you can to round out your understanding of the profession.
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