I Dropped Out of Architecture School
I dropped out of architecture school at 18.
My parents were already disappointed that I didn't want to be a..
Or pretty much any other stereotypical Asian kid would go study.
I loved art..so my parents encouraged me to become an architect.
It seemed to make sense as then I could combine that together into a somewhat "prestigious" career they could brag to their Chinese friends about.
So I did it.
I filled out multiple applications.
Did all the requirements including all the building drawings.
And got accepted into multiple architecture schools.
I then realized I had no idea what it meant to be an architect.
In my mind, I pictured late nights on the drafting table.
Drawing out cool designs and creating something from nothing.
Hanging out in cool creative spaces and being inspired.
Like the stuff I saw in the movies.
My parents then told me about one of their restaurant customers who had a prestigious architecture firm in town.
I reached out and asked the CEO if I could come shadow for a day.
I went there the next week to see what my future life would be like..
And was completely disappointed.
It was nothing like I expected.
No cool architects drafting up modern new designs.
No fun and creative spaces.
No drafting tables.
Just architects in an office using software to create blueprints.
I immediately realized I made a terrible mistake.
I realized I was trying to live my parent's dream and not my own.
I knew I wouldn't be happy in the long run.
The next day I dropped out of arch. school and went in Undeclared.
My parents were angry with the setback but I did it anyways.
Eventually over time I figured out what I wanted to do.
And made a thriving career out of it that allowed me to retire at 35.
Moral of the story: Sometimes the SETBACKS in our life..are simply a SETUP for something greater ❤️
P.S. I found a folder with a bunch of my old drawings of superheroes, cartoons, and random sketches from over 20 years ago. Below was one of my favorite freehand ones of Toy Story: “To infinity..and beyond!”
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