By Megan Driscoll
Study.com: Please tell our readers about the education program in which you're currently enrolled.
Scott Bonjukian: I'm currently a sophomore in the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies program at Washington State University. It's a four-year program, after which a Master of Architecture degree is also offered. The program is related to the school of construction management, which is housed under the same roof.
Study.com: What was your previous educational and/or professional background, and how did you become interested in architecture?
SB: I graduated high school in 2009 and came to WSU because its architecture program focuses more on the technical rather than the artistic aspects of design. Granted, architecture as an art is an important theme here, but my learning also involves the practical and functional aspects of designing a great building.
Study.com: How has the 2010-2011 school year gone for you so far? What are your favorite things, least favorite things, biggest surprises, etc.?
SB: I am very happy with the way the year has gone so far, as I've made new friends, advanced academically and become more knowledgeable in the field of architecture. I was surprised to learn that one of my favorite things to do in studio is hand modeling; sure, drawing on the computer makes a building plan look clean, but modeling by hand looks cool.
Some of the biggest surprises this year came from my high GPA and the amount of scholarship money I received, including from Study.com.
Study.com: In what ways has the scholarship money you received from Study.com helped you in your studies?
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SB: The scholarship money helped me immensely. It went straight to helping me buy textbooks, supplies and, most importantly, food! The extra funding is critical, since I will soon have to cease being dependent on my father for financial assistance.
Study.com: Please tell us about your plans for after you finish your degree. Are you considering more education, a career change or...?
SB: I still have a few years to sort things out, but I am confident that I will at least finish with my bachelor's degree. After that, I am considering earning a master's degree in Architecture here at WSU, and/or going on to also earn a master's degree in Urban Planning at the University of Washington.
Study.com: If you could have any job in your field, what would it be?
SB: I would like to work as a community, city or transportation planner someday.
Study.com: Finally, what advice would you give someone who's considering pursuing a similar degree program?
SB: If you are a very creative person, architecture will come easily to you. If you are a highly organized and practical person like myself, you may struggle with what your professors are expecting at first. Regardless of your personality, prepare for long nights in the studio, but expect to make great friends, work on beautiful buildings and learn what it takes to be part of society's most important and well-respected career path as an architect.