At first, it felt like there was so little time to take everything in. However, now that the two months are over, I can’t believe how much I was able to experience and accomplish while with LMSA. There are no words for how eye-opening of an experience this was, having a taste of what a possible future career in architecture entails. I feel it has put my education in a better perspective – now, everything my instructors have lectured on makes more sense. This experience has demonstrated what I really enjoy doing as an architecture student and shown me what I need to develop moving forward.
My advice to the next intern and other first-time interns is to take advantage of your time working in an office, even if it’s for a short time. Be curious, be engaged, immerse yourself, and be aware of what is going on around you. Connect what happens in your courses and try to imagine what you want to do with it. Most importantly, do not get discouraged! An instructor once told me the difference between an artist and a designer is functionality; the functionality aspect is the difficult part of the job, but it’s incredible when you figure it out.