YOU KNOW YOU’RE AN ARCHITECTURE STUDENT WHEN…

….you know the janitors by name.
….your roommates say “good morning,” and you reply “good night.”
….you carry a toothbrush in your backpack.
….someone asks you for your phone number and you give them the studios. (No phone in the studio)
….you start paying rent for your desk space in studio.
….You total up 3 meals of the day to your breakfast.”
….’Red Bull’ is you favorite drink.

….after all of your expenses, you can’t afford to pay attention.

….you have 3 or more cups of double shot coffee espressos in one night .
…you hear the same song on the radio 3 or more times in one night. (Very true)
…. You know the different taste between UHU and Pritt glue(I dunno bout taste but I know the smell)
…. You can stay alive without sunlight, communicate with people nor having foods but you would commit suicide if the plotter doesn’t plot your work out …

….you sleep more than 16 hrs at weekends

…. You are an expert and Photoshop, illustrator and auto cad but u don’t know how to use MS excel(Yup!)

….you’ve got 2 subjects / day but u got to study it whole day
….you spend more time in studio than in your own bed.(Yeah! stop laughing)
….your parents are complaining that you’re not having enough fun.
….you only leave studio to buy supplies.
….you’ve ever dreamt about your models.
….upon hearing ‘supermodel’, you think of a nicely crafted-foam core model.
….your parents have more of a social life than you.
….your 14-year-old brother has more of a social life than you.
….you consider using broccoli for your models.
….you know all the 24-hour food places in the area.

….your friends get more sleep in one night than you do in one week.
….the streetlights turn off. (Yeah)
…You consider 3AM an early night.
….when you are out at 3AM, and people knows where you’re at.
….everything you eat comes in single serving baggies.
….the idea of a 24 hour ‘Kinko’s’ make’s perfect sense .(Exactly!)
…smoking sounds appealing.
….you’re out on Friday nights in studio.
….the only building on campus with its lights on is your studios’. (and the guards room)
….you say “It’s only midnight- I have plenty of time to finish.”
….you confuse sunrise with sunset. ….you ask what time it is, then ask “AM or PM?”
….you strangle your roommate because she said she stayed up late studying.
….your Friday night is 68 hours long.
….you know how much a cubic foot of concrete weighs (150lbs).
….you slice your finger, and the first thing you think of is if you’ll be able to finish your model.
….you understand why architects have glasses and white hair. (I was the only one in my batch from Taylor’s without glasses)
….You call some great architects as if they are you friends. err… Frank… Tadao. ….you swear there are only 120 people at USC.
….you know all of these are true, no exaggerations.
….you can listen to all your CD’s in one night.
….certain songs remind you of studio.
….you change the style of music to country coz u r fed up with POP
….Sister’s favorite brand names are Prada DNKY etc… But yours are Mastex, Staedtler, pentel, rotring(and Faber Castel Felt tips)
….you dare not to have a gf/bf coz no one can accept for what u are
….you can conceptually compose the food on your plate.
….you think the ‘Weekender’ happens every weekend.
….upon hearing ‘Weekends’ you think of sleep.
….the ‘Shop Cafe’ closes when you arrive, and reopens before you leave studio.
….you wake up to go to school and you’re already there.
….you start wearing all black.(GEtting there)
….you have no life, and admit it.
….you start to critique a radio selection’s selection of songs.
….you bring your friends to studio to keep you company.
….you refer to outside studio as the “Real World.”
….you confuse today and tomorrow.
….you tell time by when other people leave studio.
….you can write a 6-page term paper by procrastinating.
….you hear “Didn’t you wear that yesterday?’ followed by “and the day before that?”
….you roommate files a Missing Person Report.
….you count the number of days (not hours) you’ve been awake.
….you think days are 48 hours long.
….you go to the store to buy a six-pack of ‘Red Bull’. (A dozen is cheaper)
….you start using words your instructor uses.
….your bed has collected a layer of dust on it.
….concept of time is not forward, but a countdown from the time a project is due (“What time is it?””4 hours ’till”).
….you contemplate suicide 3 times a day.
….you contemplate dropping your major 3 times a day.)

….doing models all night long excites you. (Which model, No way if board models, human models sounds good)
….you know the people in the studio better then your roommates.(Very true)

….X-acto knives can be dangerous
….Elmer’s glue doesn’t dry quick — not even close.
….They know the phrase “Always done, never done” all too well and wish the professors would stop saying it
….you drink more in studio than you do when you’re out
…..the day has 2 sunrises.
…..you test which glue will cause your model to burn faster.
…..when you tell people you major in “architorture”
….U can’t draw without listening to music!
….when you have to use spellchecker to see if you spelled “gratuitous” right.
…. When you’re not sure what day of the week it is
…. When you have slept straight through a day and into the next day after a final review
…. When lack of sleep makes you feel and act as if you are high
…. When any flat surface is seen as a place to take a nap (underneath the tables in the computer room (that’s where it is the warmest), in hallways, on drafting boards
…. When the books that you read consist primarily of photographs and not so much of words
…. When you have to ask your fellow architects to give you wake up calls
…. When you have three or more alarm clocks in your room.
…. When cutting yourself with an x-acto seems like a good idea because it will give you an excuse for not having finished your work
…. When you go to studio and spend more time socializing than doing work
…. When you have big enough balls to tell a critique that they are wrong
…. When everyone in studio hates you because you are the one who plays their music too loudly
…. When after playing your music too loudly the same people who hated you start to take interest in your music
…. When you have developed an addiction to buying new albums, because you have gotten sick of all your old ones
…. When trying to decide what album to play you find an album you haven’t listened to a while and it ends up being the perfect choice.
…. When professors for courses outside of the architecture school are lenient once they are aware you are an architecture student.
…. When you tell someone in another school that you are architecture major and they automatically assume you have no social life
…. When you have a non architect friend who wants to tag along to architecture parties because they know that architects have the best parties
…. You try to do things to make your friend laugh while he is presenting (done that)

 

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About nafisah

I'm an architecture student by day and natural hair blogger by night. Join me as I share with you the ups and downs of being an student natural living in Lagos.
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