My story (I’m sorry for the long post):
From a very young age I wanted to become a pilot. I was probably influenced a lot by my father who was one himself. When I finished high school, I went straight into the Norwegian military. Instead of applying directly to flying school, I figured it would be smart so serve at least a year first so that I could understand how the organization worked. But I instead I learned that I didn’t like the military at all and that I would never want to work or spend the rest of my life there (and becoming a commercial pilot lost its appeal many years ago).
So, I had to rethink what I wanted to do with my life. Since I’ve always been very creative and loved drawing and making & shaping things, I thought that mechanical engineering would give me many opportunities. I began studying that last year, but quit a few months ago since I started to really despise it.
Fortunately, I learned some more of what I liked during my time as an engineering student. We had a course called “product modelling” where we did some sketching, some CAD and had a project where we developed this product from the early brainstorming phases to the final phases of making prototypes. I loved that.
We learned how to weld metal and I liked that as well. (Unlike everyone else who just welded what they were supposed to, I had a lot of fun making door signs, planes, masks and other stuff.)
I also won a competition on making a logo for a student organization and did some graphic design for other people. I enjoyed just putting some music on my headphones and mess around in photoshop until I got something cool. And it is really rewarding to see what you made being used in the real world afterwards.
This fall I’ve applied to both Industrial Design and Architecture on several different schools/universities in different places. But I can’t make up my mind, and I have until the 1st of july to decide.
What seems the most interesting to me about architecture is urban design. It looks really meaningful to help shape the society in a better way and I think with the direction the world is going, this is going to be important. However, I have never had a huge interest in buildings and abstract architecture holds no appeal to me.
Industrial Design looks really fun in the way it pretty much incorporates all of the things I consider fun. Inventing, sketching, CAD, making models, discussing with people, holding presentations, etc. But some of the things they design at design schools hold little interest to me. Like for instance furniture.
More about me:
- I spend a lot of time on the computer
- I’m very interested in politics, history, the environment and love debating things
- Very extroverted. Definitely a “people person”
- I’m pretty good at holding presentations and talking in front of people - I’ve had a part time job as a teacher and I’ve enjoyed this
I would appreciate any thoughts!