After moving to Chicago I had a tough time finding a job for a while. Being in a new place where I hardly know a soul is not the ideal environment for job searching. I spent four months unemployed, except for my short stint as a chess wizard.. I had the hat and everything, before I finally got my job.
Luckily, while I was unemployed I was not just sitting on my laurels. With all of my free time I revamped my thesis project to submit to the AIA Committee on the Environment’s Top Ten for Students Design Competition. I did not change too much, the basis of the project remained essentially the same, but there were a few things that I had wished I was able to spend more time on during my time at the U of O.
I submitted my edited project to the jury in January and I recently heard back that my project was selected as one of the 10 winners. The day before my little brother Bruce gets married I will be in Atlanta to accept the award. I am glad that I kept working at it, it has really paid off and will hopefully open up plenty of new opportunities for me in the future.