Interesting ways to fight your idle mind – Archi-student edition
Architecture student life can be a challenging one and keeping up with the expected deadlines are nothing less than a questioning task. It’s pretty much obvious for an archi student to not find any free time initially, but later on a gradual note, we make it a point to have some free time. Be it the semester holidays or festival leaves, it is common for an idle mind to settle in to hinder your workspace and in this blog, let’s look at some of the interesting ways to fight the villainous idle mind effectively.
Resketching might sound boring and time-consuming but has got its own perks. Apart from mastering the art of detailing, it also has the potential to expose you to a new perspective which probably would have been missed out on the first try and maybe might lead you to another brilliant idea for your projects.
2. Try your hands at new software
Experimenting with new software, learning from the mistakes, cracking the hacks are not only just interesting especially if you are a software enthusiast but also something that will definitely benefit for you to survive in the A&D industry in the long run.
3. Off-stream internships
Architecture internships are pretty very famous for their hardships, tenure, learning experience and moreover, for the mandatory aspect, it is for the degree. Off-stream internships are a little different and they can be paying too. Applying for graphic designing internships can not only be fetching you small amounts of money but also be a countable add-on to your CV. Similarly is the case with visualization internships, modeling internships, architectural writings and photography internships, etc. These internships can be a slight breather for your otherwise hectic schedule and also lets you the opportunity to explore various other sides and opportunities available in the field.
4. Architectural photography and journaling
Even if you are not getting placed for an internship, this is something you can try and experiment with on your own terms. Photography has always been a major part of the architecture, be it in terms of observing and analyzing the scale of the building or in terms of having an eye for the patterns and the unique factors. Great photographs can always help you to understand and present the project better to your clients and seniors. Architectural photography has itself been standing sound as a passionate field of profession. Similarly is the scenario with architecture journalism. Regular journaling on all your findings and studies not only provides you with solid documents for future reference but also helps to develop a flair for writing which itself is a promising field of profession.
5. Build your website
Creating an impressive website can be as important as owning a worthy portfolio in the near future. In this era of everything getting digitalized, it is no hidden fact that the A&D industry is moving ahead by setting the trend. Sooner or later maintaining a personal website showcasing your work and details are going to be mandatory. The earlier you start, the more you learn with time. Website building experience can be learning and fun too.
6. Spending time with Photoshop and Illustrator
We just cannot deny the fact that the invention of Adobe Photoshop was nothing lesser than a blessing. Photoshop has so much more to offer than what we tend to think and exploring as much as you could just unlock new doors for you. Similarly, with illustrator, it lets you explore a new window and the combined knowledge of these two helps you high time in finding a passive source of income.
We don’t know if this is the last pointer, but definitely, this is something that will be interesting to everyone. Traveling is important to architecture and keen observation while traveling is another important factor you guys need to focus on being architecture students. Travel as much as you can, includes your local travelings too, and forget not to take more than enough pictures and rough sketchings of everything and anything that seems unusual and catchy.
Enrolling for a course in architecture itself is like signing up for a constantly hectic schedule of 5 years. But taking breaks in between to do something of personal interests and collective benefits for the course are definitely worth all your sweat.