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A Year In America

It has been a year already! Where  did time go? So far I am enjoying my life here. The fact that it has been a year already makes me teary eyed a little bit knowing that the end of my internship is getting so close. Even after a year, I am still adjusting at some point. For the past year, I have met people who are genuine, kind and fun to be with. I have engaged to a different level of culture – far from what I used to see and experience. I was able to see the other side of things and get a better understanding of it.

As a Filipino architect in America, there are so many things I was not familiar with. Back home, we used AutoCAD, Sketchup, Lumion and Vray as our workflow for the projects we are working on. I came to America with not that much knowledge of Revit, – the primary software they use here among others. So at first it was a challenge for me. Besides the software that they used, the materials, finishes, terminologies, design process and other things related to the profession was a challenge for me too.  The unit of measurement is also different, we use metric in the Philippines and they use imperial here. I felt like I came here and all the knowledge that I have of my profession was slate cleaned. I felt like I had to start over again, which is not bad because I took it as a challenge to make myself better.

These are just some of the differences from what I am used to but I am having fun learning new things.  It’s been a year and I can’t say that I am good at it already. Learning is a continuous process and it should keep us motivated and determined to be the best that we can be and lastly don’t be afraid to be fail. After all, the best success stories have to involve failure.

Gessa Mae Abriol

Trainee at Aubertine and Currier ArchitectsWatertown

Filipino Architect.

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