Saturday, May 06, 2006

You know you're an Architect Student when


This is kewl..


what my life is like...

You Know You're An Architecture Student When:

- you analyze everything as if it were a building.
- concept of time is not forward, but a countdown from the time a project is due ("What time is it?""4 hours 'till").
- you slice your finger, and the first thing you think of is if you'll be able to finish your model. and if it's presentable
- you say "It's only midnight- I have plenty of time to finish."
- you confuse sunrise with sunset.
- you're not ashamed of drooling in class anymore, especially in Structures
- The idea that you have a room to live in outside of studio is just a myth.
- you hear "Didn't you wear that yesterday?' followed by "and the day before that?"
- you room mate files a 'Missing Person Report.'
- someone asks you for your phone number and you give them the studio's.
- You draw perspectives of your friends room on your Japanese homework just for the fun of it.
- Whenever you finish a project and don't have any studio work to do, you are constantly wondering why you aren't in studio working
- You buy trace paper in mass quantities.
- You understand what 4B, 2B, B, HB, H, 2H, and 4H are and have lots of each type.
- Your idea of splurging on yourself is buying another circle template (or other miscellaneous template).
- You put a scale under everything you draw so that people know how big it is.
- The biggest decision you have to make near the end of the term is "pencil, or ink?"
- You always have a supply of bandaids around for xacto knife cuts.
- You have a 30, 60, 90 and a 45, 45, 90 degree triangle. Or two. Or three. Or more.
- You keep around adjustable triangles too just in case.
- You start replacing pictures of your friends and family with pictures of buildings.
- You never have enough wall space to pin things up.
- your idea of relaxing is going to your core cirriculum classes
- You always have a supply of portable and non perishable food.
- You can go for days without sunlight. (You go to class in the dark, you come home in the dark).
- You put up everything on your walls with drafting tape.
- Push pins become a valuable commodity.
- on Halloween you trick-or-treat in studio to get arch supplies or 'Red Bull.'
- Computers are known only as the white box of death. (They keep crashing on you).
- you can live without human contact, food or daylight, but if you can't print, it's chaos.
- Pencil smudges and ink smears are the bane of your existance.
- You start competing with each other for number of hours without sleep. (Less than 40 need not compete).
- redbull, coffee and cokes are tools, not treats.
- Your four basic food groups are candy, caffeine, coffee, and pretzels.
- Time spent with friends must be scheduled way in advance.
- you've slept more than 20 hours non-stop in a single weekend.
- you've listened to all your CDs/itunes
- you lose your house keys for a week, and you don't even notice.
- Days don't exist anymore, everything is based on number of hours of work. (Of which there are a lot).
- you've used an entire role of film to photograph the sidewalk. LOL done it...
- you take notes and messages with a rapidograph and colour markers.
- your parents have more of a social life than you.
- you're dating another architecture student.
- your friends get more sleep in one night than you do in one week.
- you know all the 24-hour food places in the area.
- you consider 3AM an early night.
- "scoring" involves an X-Acto blade
- you've got more photos of buildings than of actual people.
- you've taken your girlfriend on a date to a construction site.
- you've ever dreamt about your models.
- you start putting the address of your site down as your own
- upon hearing 'supermodel', you think of a nicely crafted-foam core model.
- when you are being shown pictures of a trip, you ask what the human scale is.
- you start wearing all black.
- you have no life, and admit it.
- you refer to outside studio as the "Real World."
- you can use Photoshop, Illustrator, Form-Z, AutoCAD, 3dstudio max, Indesign, and make a web page, but you don't know how to use Excel.
- you refer to great architects (dead or alive) by the first name as if you knew them. (Frank, Corbu, Mies, Norman...).
- you buy 50-dollar architectural magazines that you haven't read yet.
- when someone offers you a BIC pen, you feel offended.
- all of the Christmas gifts you give are wrapped in trace.
- you ask Santa Clause for architecture supplies.
- Everytime you tell someone what your Major is they just look at you and say, "I'm sorry."
- you CELEBRATE space and OBSERVE your birthday.
- you think it's possible to CREATE space.
- you fight with inanimate objects.
- you've fallen asleep in the school bathroom while brushing your teeth there
- you know the exact time the vending machines are refilled.
- you always carry your deodorant.
- when you try to communicate, you make a continuous and monotonous whine.
- you've danced YMCA (a fav clubdance number) with excellent choreography at 3 am and without a single drop of alcohol in your body.
- you see holidays only as extra sleeping time.
- you know the janitors by name.
- your roommates say "good morning," and you reply "good night."
- you start paying rent for your desk space in studio.
- you can't get a ride from 'Blacksburg Transit'. (ends at 2:45am)
- 'Red Bull' is you favorite drink.
- after all of your expenses, you can't afford to pay attention
- you have 3 or more cups of double shot coffee espressos in one night
- you hear the same song on the radio 3 or more times in one night.
- the only sleep you get is in your core classes.
- you spend more time in studio than in your own bed.
- your parents are complaining that you're not having enough fun.
- you only leave studio to buy supplies.
- you see showering as a waste of time.
- you enjoy hanging out at 'Home Depot'. LOVE that place :)
- everything you eat comes in single serving baggies
- the idea of a 24 hour 'Kinko's' make's perfect sense
- you're out on Friday nights in studio.
- the only building on campus with its lights on is your studios'.
- a break consists of moving your car.
- you receive mail in studio.
- you strangle your roommate because he said he stayed up late studying.
- you've memorized you favorite vending machine combination item (B6).
- your Friday night is 68 hours long.
- you know how much a cubic foot of concrete weighs (150lbs). haha duhh who doesn't know that?
- you understand why architects have glasses and white hair.
- you swear there are only 120 people at VT.
- you can conceptually compose the food on your plate.
- you have to wait for breakfast shops to open.
- you go to the oncampus Burger King, and order the "usual", and they understand.
- you use architecture tools to eat.
- you think "X-Acto Blade Throwing" is a sport.
- you only buy groceries once a month.
- you wake up to go to school and you're already there
- you start to critique a radio selection's selection of songs.
- you bring your friends to studio to keep you company. (or enlist them to help you do your project... i love my mexican :-D)
- you have memorized every radio commercial that airs after 10PM.
- you confuse today and tomorrow.
- you tell time by when other people leave studio.
- you can write your thesis paper by procrastinating.
- you count the number of days (not hours) you've been awake.
- Homecoming" happens once a week.
- on Halloween, you dress like your instructors.
- you see your own picture on a milk carton.
- you start using words your instructor uses.
- you contemplate suicide 3 times a day.
- you contemplate dropping your major 3 times a day.
- you have a tent pitched in studio, but still don't go to sleep.
- You wear your USB Drive around your neck
- The trunk of your car contains wood glue, a backup roll of trace, and a blanket... just in case.
- You daydream about the euphoric feeling of an ultra soft drafting brush on bare skin
- You are constantly picking drafting dots off the bottom of your shoes
- You think of "You know you're an Architecture major when..." lines in studio at 2 a.m.
- You realize that when someone is talking about French Curves they aren't talking about the girl they met over Spring Break
- Your roommate acts surprised if you're ever in your apartment
- When asked what day it is you have no idea, but always know how long until a project is due
- You use your alarm to tell you when to go to sleep
- You know what Tacky Glue tastes like
- You avoid eating, sleeping, or going to the hospital because you need to finish a model
- All of your teachers wear black only black
- When asked if you like the Guggenheim you reply Which one?
- You have an ample supply of B HB H & F and know the difference between them
- You think mechanical pencils are for sissies
- You use Soda as a tool, not a treat
- Youve never seen the other side of campus
- You have listened to every song on your iPod within two days
- You go to class to be marked present and then sleep until the lecture is over
- Telling your teacher your major actually gets you excused from work
- Your entire life savings was spent at Mish Mish during your first week of freshman year, since then you've just been getting deeper and deeper in debt.
- You know who Heath Hart is and you LOVE him.
- You are a "fourth year," not a senior cause you definately aren't graduating any time soon.
- You know how to silk screen your own t-shirts :-)
- You know how awesome those black sketch books made of recycled paper are.
- You have waited three hours in the middle of the night during competition week to print out a project, just to realize the damn plotter is spazzing out and
- there's no one to fix it until the next day.
- You've heard of the all powerful "Andy," but never actually SEEN him.
- You know that professors aren't required to come to class, ever.
- You've memorized the date and epoch, location, architect, and name of 95 buildings the night before Breitschmid's final, just to forget all of it the
second you walk out of Hancock.
- Professors are always called by their first names, obviously.


Justin said...

Forgot to mention Architects like pictures instead of so many words... Got half way. will finish another time... Enjoy. J.

mak said...

Far too true!!

fayj said...

Hehe, thats funny. I think most were most applicable to Bruce- But cearly someone gets why I always wear black :)

Marco Valente said...

Ha Ha you make second year and beyond sound so scary!

goldring said...


Its not!! (dont tell him the truth mwahahaha)

Shilps.... Is 2 far bhind u..! said...

you left out one
when you're back from vacation , you realize there are more pictures of buildings than of actual people