Category Archives: Attitude

10 ESSENTIAL Tips for Drafting Like a Pro (Q&A #3)

Got an email from Sheena, a fresh applicant in my beloved college org. She has a concern that I’m sure many freshmen in architecture school have: how to combat the woes of manual drafting. Go on girl, take the floor. 

Good day Kuya Aldo! I'm Sheena, an ASA-APP who got your autograph last Hiyas :) But who I am doesn't matter (I'm a freshie who never took manual drafting and art classes before entering UP arki tho).
My problem is, my class for Arch 1 was either free cut, an off-topic discussion, or a lecture of a lesson for the nth time, so I still suck at drafting (especially lettering) and I still don't know how to construct floor plans and elevations and sections. I have only 7 Arch 1 meetings left.
I don't know what to do. I've considered reading books but I don't know what book to start with. P.S. I was so happy when I found about this website! I immediately saved all the articles to my Pocket and I make it a point to read at least one article everyday :D

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9 Meaningful Points on Becoming Happier, Today. (Q&A #2)

A recurring question I’ve been getting is “What is your most valuable advice for someone beginning or already in Architecture School?”, or something along those lines. So I thought I’d address it in this 2nd parcel of Q&A.

Getting right down to it, my own personal take on this has nothing to do with software or taking a special class. I think that a raging focus on skills training can only take you so far.

Surprise surprise, my most valuable piece of advice for anyone that wants a meaningful time in architecture school is a principle, an attitude that can actually be applied to all aspects of life.

In a nutshell, you could say that it’s become a sort of life philosophy in working towards my life-plan.

It took me over 20 years to really commit to it, but once I did – I never found more fulfillment in all my endeavors.

Related Post: As Promised – My Personal Life Plan at Age 23

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On Death, Cancer, and Living for Others: Never Take Anyone for Granted

A solemn November 1 to all. 

What are you living for? Who are you living for?

Today on Archi Student Help, I’m going to tackle a very personal story of mine, one that is both heartfelt and inspiring, and one that I hope you can take the time to read. It’s about the death of a loved one.

But why death? How does this even fit into the context of surviving architecture school?

Remember, in whatever we do, our motivations are at the core of who we are. So I hope you’ll consider this:

There are people who have sacrificed their lives for you to be who you are today – and you should live your life to give theirs glory.

Today I’d like to share a perspective on why you should be even more driven to be the very best that you can be, in everything that you do. 
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As Promised: My Personal Life-Plan at Age 23.

Life Plan

Craft your life-plan today, and you’ll wake up every morning with greater direction. It doesn’t need to be long or grand – it just needs to be honest.

In previous entries, I stressed my beliefs in the importance of dreaming big and thinking deeply about what you want in life, especially for us young people. Dream big, and then commit, is what I said.

I also promised that I’d share my own person goals in life as an example, and today I am making good on that promise. Seen below is my own personal Life Plan for myself, crafted at age 23. Think of it as what drives me to wake up every morning.

This is my own personal sharing to the world at large, partly to keep me accountable to my dreams, and partly in hopes that it could somehow help another person achieve theirs. Continue reading As Promised: My Personal Life-Plan at Age 23.

What Do You Want Out of Life?

Placelessness

There’s a crisis that thrives in the hearts of many people today, whether young or old, male or female. And it’s a destructive force that doesn’t take lives – it takes souls.

That crisis is living without meaning. So many people these days go through the motions of life, doing things because people tell them to, never looking to surpass themselves, going merely where the wind blows – and feeling empty.

What do you want out of life? What are you living for? Where do your passions lie? Continue reading What Do You Want Out of Life?

The Universe is Your School.

World

When I was a young kid, I couldn’t wait to graduate from school – because I hated the hassles of studying.

Homework was seen as tedious and I was especially repulsed by solving Math problems (not much has changed with respect to that). In my childish mind, all I wanted to do was frolic in the fields with my Power Ranger toys in hand. “One day,” I told myself, “I’m going to be able to stop learning and I’ll be happy and free”.

Fast forward to present day, and I can’t help but laugh at my childhood self. I love learning. I love reading. I love devouring all kinds of information. I love expanding my mind, knowing that I’m slowly understanding the world better each day. The advent of smartphones and researching anywhere has been the most significant technological milestone in my life. Continue reading The Universe is Your School.

Learn, Plan, Commit, Adapt – the Fundamental Formula for Growth.

Plant

Success doesn’t come overnight. In my young seedling age, I’m not even considering that paradigm anymore.

I’ve learned early on from my parents and mentors that road to the greatest of triumphs is a long and arduous process that has no short cuts. If you want real success to blossom, it’s apparent that you have to nurture it from a seedling and slowly tend to it as it grows to maturity.

It’s delayed gratification. I’m in love with the concept of delayed gratification. I think it’s a beautiful ideal – because it makes work a whole lot more meaningful. And living out this mindset for the long term is a reward in itself; the character you develop in being process oriented will make you a more awesome person, guaranteed.

Bring the meticulous note taker that I am, I distilled all that I’ve learned into a basic four phase concept for success – something I’ll be constantly putting to the test for the long haul: Continue reading Learn, Plan, Commit, Adapt – the Fundamental Formula for Growth.