When I first started to design a gymnasium, I didn't know where on the campus it would be built. I was strictly looking at how big it would need to be and where those dimensions fit on our campus and the "Master HTHCV Village Plans." I wasn't very optimistic about being able to fit a gym on our campus, so instead I started to dream about my dream gymnasium. I started to compile pictures of things I would have like to incorporate in my design. Below is my "Inspiration Board" of those pictures.
After gathering images and creating my inspiration board, I started to hand draft plans for my gymnasium. I was really struggling with the size of the building, so I asked my mentor if she knew how big the office was so I could visualize the scale of the gymnasium. Little did I know, the gymnasium is gigantic. My gym is located by the middle and elementary school where the lunch tables are currently located. If this was to get approved, I would propose the new lunch area to be where the existing basketball court is located. With this new gym, the basketball would be inside so there would not need to be a basketball court outside. This location is closer to the cafeteria but would need a way to block off or minimize the access to the cars. Below are a few pictures of my final products that I will be presenting at my Internship Transitional Presentation of Learning.
As internship is coming to a close, I pause for a moment to take in this tremendous experience I am honored to have. Every single person in the room had their own unique qualities. Din was always caring; whether it was providing glue to finish my model or bringing in her laptop so that I can work on my SketchUp she was there for me. Jorge was always eager to help whenever I had an issue with SketchUp he would teach me the tricks I needed to know. Charity adored her work so much that when we went on the site visit she knew every detail from the nail on the baseboard to the gap in between the doors. Josh was always focused on his work, but never got mad at me when I asked if he could let me out of the parking lot or vise versa even though he had a lot of work to do. Kevin inspired me to keep an open mind when it comes to school. Perriann trusted me; even though I was only moving files from one drive to another, she gave a high school intern access to her email. Mathilda guided me through a typical site visit and assured me that I was on the right track. Per showed me that although your work can be tiresome, you can always push through the week to be able to go out for the weekend and make a bow and arrow. Lauren taught me to enjoy life; even if you broke a bone along the way. Ludivica looked at me like I mattered; maybe because I should have better grammar than her being that English is the only language that I speak but she trusted my word and was always happy to talk with me during our Starbucks run. Eric gave advice that I will never forget, "Tales of Trenches." John taught me to always look forward; especially to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo! Maxine pushed me to be the best intern I could be. She was always looking to improve my work and guide me throughout the process. One day I hope to inhabit every single one of those qualities.
I know that from just the short time that I have had at Studio E, I am leaving with a better understanding of not only architecture, but myself. I know that architecture is something I wish to pursue in life but by keeping my mind open, I will definitely look into other fields and career options. I am not 100% sure that I want to build strictly "this" type of building, but I do know that I want to have the same feeling that Charity had when she saw her dreams and visions of the building come to life.
For as long as I could remember, I have always been a very picky person. From a picky eater to a picky dream college. But I wish to change that. I wish to explore new options, visit colleges potentially out of my comfort zone, and overall become a more well rounded person. I plan on looking into things I could do over the summer and potentially getting another internship in the near future. No matter what I know I will cherish this moment for as long as I live.
Most people probably think being able to manage their time is one of the hardest things to do. Throughout this internship I was never really given deadlines. They would just tell me to do something and never mention it again, assuming that I would be able to get the job done. This is something that I have struggled with in the past, but coming into this internship, I wasn't going to let that happen. Pushing on for the last couple of days, I know things will get harder. For the last couple of weeks I would get two to three tasks a week, but just in the last two days, Emane and I received four tasks from four different people.This week I will have to manage my time so that I can get all my work done in the next three days.
Along with completing the tasks, we need to finish our individual projects. We are designing our project in a program called SketchUp. Before coming to this internship, I had very minimal experience with it. Now I can finally say that I am getting there. Although there are so many more tricks I need to learn, I feel confident teaching others the basics of SketchUp.
All of my success at Studio E is dependent on the effort I put in. This is the same correlation to anything I wish to do in life. Whether it is my education or sports, I will only get out what I put in.