Written By: Rachel Dempsey
“They are not babying me and they aren’t giving me nothing, they are giving me tasks that are challenging but still doable, which I really appreciate,” commented Drew.
Drew’s main challenge he has faced between the two summers has been his lack of knowledge but, to him, it is also one of the things that has helped him the most with learning and school.
“Ultimately, I think my lack of knowledge has helped me in many different ways, but mainly because it makes me want to go out and learn more and get the experience in individual areas of construction,” revealed Drew.
Being thorough in the construction field is what Drew believes to be the most important to him, which encourages him to pay more attention when being trained and when performing tasks asked of him. After graduating, Drew hopes to be able to dive right into things and, given the opportunity, would like to continue to work for MCL Construction.
To any future interns or individuals looking to be a part of the construction field, remember that any experience can go a long way, just like a single internship has advanced Drew’s career for the future, allowing him to stand out among the others his age.
Written By: Rachel Dempsey
Influenced by architect Daniel Libeskind, Alex hopes not only to be able to design an ecological structure but also to create a place that makes people feel a different way. One place referenced, the Jewish Museum in Berlin, which was designed by Daniel Libeskind. Alex took psychology as his minor to help understand how people feel in different spaces.
"Psychology is something people don't focus on in architecture. People design to fit things into spaces as opposed to designing how people can feel in spaces. It ended up taking me an extra year to graduate to get my psychology minor, but it was worth it," commented Alex.
Although it took an extra year of school to complete his psychology minor, Alex is not done yet. This fall, Alex will be attending the University of Oregon to receive his master's in architecture.
"With architecture, you learn different design processes depending on where you are in the world. I honed down on the Midwest style architecture, which I like but I want to explore my other options," explained Alex.
Alex wants to be a licensed architect and be able to work in a firm when he is older. He applied to many different colleges between the east and west coasts to do so, but Oregon was his top choice. He worked hard to make his plans happen by having a complete portfolio along with a strong personal statement.
Within his personal statement, Alex explained his passions and his plan for psychology and ecological design. The University of Oregon has a strong ecological background so when Alex graduates, he will be a certified ecological designer, which was important to him.
After receiving his master’s in architecture from the University of Oregon, Alex hopes to be able to return to Omaha to design.
"I always kind of thought Omaha wasn't too much of a hot spot for architecture, but I'm beginning to realize it actually is and they have a lot of big companies here. I'd like to come back to Omaha and, if not, Kansas City, but I am also open to options, west coast, east coast, really anywhere," announced Alex.
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