#myAUArchStory - Melanie Reed

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Choosing architecture has been a sum of “little things” throughout my life. These little things started at a young age. I was always drawing – you would rarely find me without a pencil and paper. When I was figuring out what I wanted to study in college my mom went to her room and pulled out forgotten drawings of rooms drawn from different angles and perspectives. It was in that moment that I realized architecture may well be what I wanted to study and do.

Over the course of my time at Andrews University I have learned a tremendous amount. I have learned (and continue to learn) the art of teamwork as well as the art of constructive criticism. I have learned how to fail and pick up the pieces, but most importantly I have learned the impact that architecture has on human experience. This human component is one of the significant reasons I have committed myself to architecture. I am looking to help make a better life for people through the creativity of architecture. Being at Andrews has only intensified my want to impact people’s lives.

The architecture program is an environment that is one of a kind; They teach us what it takes to make impactful and meaningful spaces, and to do it for God’s glory. Andrews has taught me that I can be the best at what I do technically but if I cannot do it in an environment of collaboration and integrity, in the words of Paul, it is a clanging symbol. Andrews has helped me understand what it means to be a servant in my profession. What I create affects others for a lifetime, and in giving myself fully to the process I am also shaped and reshaped over a lifetime allowing for the visual expression of a better me. Thank you Andrews University School of Architecture and Interior Design for creating an environment that is positive and inspiring!

Melanie Reed | 5th Year | Orlando, Florida