After 3 years of extremely hard work, late nights, frustrated days, difficult critiques and countless models, drawings and essays, I am finished. 3 years went in a flash and I cannot believe I am now graduating from the University of Edinburgh with an Undergraduate Degree in Architecture.
As I left the studio with my portfolio sitting neatly on the table, surrounded by my models and my drawings on the wall, I felt extremely proud. I actually did it. I have completed university and I feel freaking great about it.
The last week has been the hardest of my life. I’ve done consistent 18 hour working days, have had little sleep and have ate rubbish, but it was all worth it. My goal this semester was to finish the course feeling happy with what I’d produced and I have reached that goal. I am so damn happy.
I worked hard all semester to ensure the end wasn’t too tough, and although it was long days, I still got sleep every night and I didn’t need to rush the work, which is more than can be said for most of my year. I took my time, printed things as I went along, and never felt stressed. I think that’s the first time that my deadlines haven’t caused me to be stressed. I’m glad it was at the end because it’s nice to leave on such a positive note.
Did I feel emotional? I honestly don’t know. I still feel slightly numb about the whole thing. Do I feel sad to leave? Happy it’s over? Excited for what to come? Yes? I think all of those things are true.
The most important thing is that I am leaving in the mindset that coming back might sit somewhere in my future.
So you might see me tackle a masters in architecture in the coming years.
I’ll leave you with a few photos of my final project. I am incredibly proud of it. I designed an art gallery in Portobello, which is a seaside suburb of Edinburgh. This has by far been my favourite project, whether that be for the location, the design or my amazing tutors who made the whole thing very enjoyable.
So that’s it. No more uni, no more deadlines, no more long days. It’s time to put that chapter behind me and move on to something bigger and better.
Thanks for sticking with me while I haven’t uploaded in the last month but I can’t wait to improve this blog now that I have the time.
Lot of love,
(Soon-to-be Graduate of The University of Edinburgh – HA)
PS. Here’s a couple of links to the posts I wrote at the end of first and second year – what a whirlwind it’s been!