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November 07, 2010

Architectural Registration Exam and a cutie

Well Friends....I've been a bit absent from actually posting on the blog recently. Don't be offended. I would have much rather have been paying attention to you.

The deal is, I am an intern architect. And that means that I went to college and majored in Architecture and got both an undergraduate degree and a professional degree in architecture. To become licensed, one must graduate with a professional degree, work for three years under a licensed architect, and then test.

These tests are real doosies. There are now seven of them. Each is at least 4.5 hours long. And they are hard and kind of stupid. Because of test ethics, I am not allowed to give an example of a test question on here...but I'll just say that to pass the test, you must study for THE TEST. I think I've learned some things, but for the most part, I am learning the test and how to take it. It isn't testing my knowledge, it's testing my test-taking abilities.

Having said all that, I understand why there is such a test. None of us want just anyone to design buildings and houses that we will inhabit. We want someone who has gone through some sort of certification to ensure that that person is competent to indeed design a house or building that will stand up and not leak or kill you in some other way.

It doesn't mean I like the tests, but I understand why they exist.

I am almost done, though. And I'm super excited about it. I have taken 6 tests. I have passed all but one. I am about to retake that one before Thanksgiving. Then I will take the, hopefully, final one in the beginning of February. Then I'll be done.

And the best thing about this whole process is that I won't have to do it ever again. EVER. And I'm really excited about that.

Now that I'm done talking about that stuff...time for the cutie! Here is The Little Prince, when he was much smaller than he is now. It was Christmas time last year and my friend Mary Beth gave us this loverly santa hat for the new addition to our family.

He didn't enjoy it so much...but you can!





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