14_0304 post 108
An old teacher (the first woman graduated from an architecture school in Indonesia) asked me during lunch, “I was surprised when I found out that you wanted to teach. I never thought that you’re interested, with your free spirit and all,” (to translate the question very roughly).
Surprising, the timing, as I just texted my girlfriend about my disappointment of not being able to go to Copenhagen with my parents + sister this June as the plan conflicts with my schedule. I reasoned with this teacher of mine that I “prefer helping people finding solutions for their problems instead of dealing with a set of mine”.
I gave the syllabus for the second project to my design studio class. I am asking them to make their own brief that they can base their designs on. The formulation of the brief is the first project, while designing for it is the second. These 18-19-year-old were really confused. I don’t want to torture them, but I think asking them to start thinking (semi) independently for themselves will do them good in the long run.
I also had the first meeting with 7 (yes, seven!) final semester undergrad students that got me as their grad written thesis advisor (most of them chose me, but there are also those who got assigned to me). They have 13 weeks to complete this piece of writing. All of them want to graduate this year + none of them has any “proper” writing experience (besides blogging + tweeting, which I assume they excel at). This is my first time being an advisor. Learning from my past experiences serving as a final reviewer in grad thesis defense, I decided to act more as an editor than as a master. Does this statement make any sense?
Better news for Karbon. It looks like that we’ll be able to find some support. I won’t jinx it by telling you all the details, but I will when the time is right. So, yes… despite the return of my (light) insomnia, I think my life is picking up in general. I hope this is not just some false hope. 😉