SUMMER ENDING: NOW WHAT TO DO!
Back in late February, we launched our annual Summer – What to Do 2022! outlining activities / tasks for you to consider doing for the upcoming summer. Now, that the end of summer is fast approaching – some public schools have already started their FALL semester, we provide some ideas on what to do at the end of the summer.
Summer – What to Do 2022!
High School Student:
If you are currently a high school student (no matter what academic year), what can you do at the end of your summer?
Summer Architecture Program: Did you attend a summer program this summer as suggested? If so, follow the advice of Ms. Payne – work you did during the summer program can be used for your portfolio.
These experiences were invaluable in preparing me for college. They helped influence the colleges to which I applied. The final projects I created during these summer programs provide me with materials to incorporate into my portfolio. Bottom line, I highly recommend taking advantage of as many architecture summer programs as you can!
Robyn Payne – Future Architect
As well, we suggest you write a letter / email to the instructor / faculty of the program you attended; in your correspondence, thank them for the experience but more importantly, ask if they would be willing to serve as one of your recommenders for your college application.
Summer Career Position: Instead, were able to work for an architecture firm for the summer? If so, congrats, but now turn that position into a future position. Be sure to collect business cards from whom you worked. If it was a positive experience, consider asking for a possible future position.
Inquire if you can you use any projects for your portfolio and ask for a letter of recommendation from your supervisor as appropriate.
Research Colleges: Did you research architecture programs? If so, great – if not, do not fret, we recently launched a “how-to” essay on the process. Continue the research process and begin your decision process of which programs are the best for you.
If possible, consider attending one of the handful of Career Days / College Fairs held throughout the country during the fall; they will be held in Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, and New York.
Career Days / College Fairs 2022
Summer Career Position: Like the high school student, collect business cards from whom you worked. If it was a positive experience, consider asking for a possible future position either for next summer or possibly after graduation. Remember, you want to make connections with your co-workers for future work.
Inquire if you can you use any projects for your portfolio and ask for a letter of recommendation from your supervisor as appropriate for graduate studies if that is your plan.
Coursework: Did you take any coursework (architecture or otherwise); was it at an area community college or your home institution? If from a community college or different institution, you want to be sure to have a final transcript sent to your home institution.
In addition, be sure to consult your academic advisor to confirm the courses will transfer as intended.
Study Abroad: The most important task after participating in a study abroad program is to start planning your next time abroad. In addition, document your work (sketches, images, etc.) for use in your portfolio. In fact, take the time now to organize the many, many images you took; plus, back them up. You do not want to lose those images of your memory.
We do hope you had a great summer; START now to finish out the summer to ensure that you did.
Let us know what you did this past summer.