A Shared Professional Interest

Alas, all too much of this new blog, Inside the Law School Scam, rings very true for architecture school as well. Is it terrible that I’ve begun regretting architecture school? When I list out the things I was taught, the list seems vanishingly small next to the giant pile of money I continue endeavoring to repay.

Regrets are painful and embarrassing, but probably a necessary part of repairing the damage, yes? Would I have been  happier with a degree from a different school (I sometimes think a place like RISD or Cranbrook would have suited me better, though left me similarly indebted)? Should I have embarked on my own course of study? Should I have somehow gained more experience & education before entering grad school? All pointless questions, of course, because Should I go to Architecture School? And if so, which one? are not questions I will have to face again.

I do not, of course, 100% regret those four years of my life−I met many wonderful fellow students (who, alas, I have mostly been pretty terrible about keeping in touch with), I learned how to stay awake all night, I got a much-needed break from New York, I got to spend some time exploring the magical campus of Harvard, I was forced to teach myself a ton, and yes, there were a few classes that taught me some things.

The point of regret is to change your behavior for the future. I can’t quite piece together how this should affect whether I bother with the huge undertaking of licensing (I was all set to do it awhile back, but have since leaned the other direction), how to craft a career, how to repair my demolished finances. Unfortunately, the feeling that I made such a miscalculation has shaken my faith in my ability to design a good life for myself.

Could there be a way to leverage all the blood, sweat, tears, and dollars I invested?



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