“I think what I would say is [that] no matter what it is that you do in life, you really just have to go after whatever it is that’s going to make you happy. Wherever it is that you feel like you’re going to belong or whatever it is you enjoy doing, or the people you enjoy hanging out with. You really just need to make sure that you make those decisions for yourself and it’s something, I mean you know, not in a bad selfish way like “oh, gimme gimme” *laughs* but, um, just as more of a self beneficial [thing]. You know you’re not going to be happy, and the people around you can’t really be happy, if you’re not doing what you love.
And also in order to get there, I think it’s also important to speak your opinion, which is something that I still struggle with. Don’t always just agree just to agree, you really need to put your opinion and your voice out there and just do what is right for you…”
– Camille J.
“It’s supposed to be the first thing that comes to mind…”
“Okay *laughs* the problem is nothing is coming to mind, um, or everything maybe. I think probably the biggest or the first piece of advice I would give to anybody is that the life that they want for themselves is something that they have to make. They can’t expect anybody to create that for them. So, for example, there are a lot of people in certain classes that are friends of mine and they don’t really enjoy their professor, but there’s still something that they can get out of that. It’s really what you put into it. Whether it’s a job or it’s a relationship or anything, you get out what you put in. So, if you’re not getting something out of it, don’t blame the person in the relationship, or the professor, or the system, or the government or whoever else. You always get out what you put in.”
– John F.
(“Trying to survive architecture school and hopefully design some stuff later on”)