I Dropped Out of Architecture School

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I dropped out of architecture school at 18.

My parents were already disappointed that I didn't want to be a..

  • Surgeon
  • Lawyer
  • Accountant
  • Pharmacist
  • Dentist

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.

He agreed.

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.

(B2B sales)

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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