Lessons after 1st semester of Architecture School

Fall of 2018 was my first semester of my industrial design eduction in the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston. It was a fundamentals semester and included so many various learning experiences which not only apply do education, but all aspects of life. These are those lessons.

  • Don’t dwell on any projects

  • Don’t be afraid to pivot an idea

  • Fail Fast

  • Be aware of your weaknesses

  • Build a daily schedule for yourself that works for you

  • You have done something completely or you haven’t done it. No middle ground

  • Commit to a design process

  • The tough or boring parts of creation is all part of the process. You have to deal with it in order to get the right product.

Why do so many students hate school?

It's incredibly restricting.

It's not that we hate learning. Students understand that learning is essential to survival and makes life more interesting. Knowledge is power, and that is well understood by students. 

What most students and others hate, is being forced to learn things they don't care about, aren't interested in, and probably won't even need, in ways that do not work for them. Especially in high school, students should be allowed to discover themselves and curate their education.

The system churns out robots. Everybody has their own special interests that they yearn to learn about and excel in, but school says “to hell with those, everybody learns this, and if you don't, then you're uneducated and we’ll hold back the piece of paper you need to get a job or further your ‘education’. The system is not built for leadership, but for workers. 

Everybody also has their own learning style, whether it's by listening, watching, or doing. 

If you take a group of people and tell them they must all learn the same thing in the same way, and if you ignore their individual ways that make them who they are, they're bound to hate it, again, creating the robots in society. 

The current school systems create teenage zombies; they all do the same thing at the same rate, not allowing each student to discover themselves. Example: At the first National Honor Society meeting of this year, I overheard a girl next to me saying, "I'm doing NHS because I heard it looks good on college applications." So, you're telling me that's different than the rest of the 200 students in the room who are also in NHS, have a high GPA, are in AP classes, have high SAT scores, are in 5 clubs, 4 honor societies, play sports, and an instrument? Come on.

Oh, and not to mention the loss of sleep, the stress, the anxiety, and having no time for yourself, causing an extreme burnout. And most of the time that can stop a student's motivation to chase their own dreams.

Why your smartphone is the best camera you have

    This is going to be a small post, but I just wanted to voice my thoughts.

    I recently embarked on a journey through Dehli, Agra, Jaipur, and Amritsar in India in the middle of July. The sights are eye catching throughout the entire area. So, a natural action is to take photographs. So I had my DSLR camera with me and, of course, my iPhone 6 Plus. It is not a new surprise that the iPhone 6 has a great camera. But it’s just something about the ease of pulling out your phone and snapping a picture without even thinking about it. It becomes natural. The struggle of pulling out a DSLR, turning it on, making sure the exposure, aperture, and shutter speed is right……Its too much work. So lets cherish the luxury of the smartphone camera.   

Why You Shouldn’t Buy A Tablet Right Now

There was a time a measly two years ago where a tablet was a kind of necessity for everyone. It seemed that everywhere you went, there was always an iPad or Samsung Tablet lurking in someones hand with a book or movie constantly playing. It was a convenience for many people. It was a distraction for their kids and a productive tool for themselves. So it all seems great. Why am I recommending not to buy a tablet right now? The tablet is in a very awkward position right now. Lets go through history.

When the iPad came out in 2010, most people had a small phone, mostly with a 3.5 inch screen, and a large laptop, usually with a 15 to 17 inch screen. So having a device for casual gaming, reading, and movie watching was ideal for many people. This worked until circa 2012 when small tablets became mainstream starting with the Nexus 7. Many people had a less than 4 inch phone and a small to medium but yet powerful laptop. So, the small tablet category was a perfect fix for the casual uses. But now we get to todays problem. Most of us today have large phones between 4.7 and 6 inches. So the need of a small tablet has been eliminated because of the large screen sizes on smartphones today. So what do we do now. Well to be honest, we can’t do much. While we have been seeing tablet sales decline, there is a perfectly good reason. No one needs it. So what fits in this category? Whatever does fit in this area is the future of technology. And in my opinion, its the new MacBook.

First Post

For a while, I have been writing blog posts on Medium.com for a while now. But I have finally graduated to my own website. So with out further adieu, I am going to post some of the posts written on Medium.