I’m back! I swam up from the sea of homework and survived. Words cannot express how excited I am to finally be done with school. These last few weeks have been stressful, hectic and chaotic. No matter how much work you have finished it always seems like more will bob up to the surface.
I also learned a very important thing about my area of study. If you want to study Interior Design, you need mucho cash flow. Over the years we’ve been shelling out upwards of $20-80 for assignments which at first are a real pain, but then somehow you get used to the idea of spending money to get marks.
Thesis has been a real slap in the face because paper is hella expensive. I want to share this information simply as a PSA that on top of the thousands of dollars you spend on school, you spend even more on projects.
Final Thesis Dossier $135.00
Three completed booklets of all our work for presentations and thesis show
Final Thesis Posters $70.00 each
Two for our thesis show, must be mounted on foam core
Final Model $80.00 in plastic, $20.00 for added materials
Model of our project and changes to the building site
Working Drawings $40.00
24 x 36″ paper, with details on how to build our project
(and that’s just final projects, not counting mid-terms etc.)
I spent almost $500 on things that I will use once and then ultimately recycle and/or throw away. Considering our designs are moving to a much more sustainable approach, it’s kind of ridiculous how much we actually use in the process. As well, I personally feel that the physical model was superfluous and unnecessary with programs like sketchup and revit that create 3D models as well.
If the money we paid covered some of the printing costs, it wouldn’t be nearly as bad. However, if you want print credits at the school you have to pay tax (ie. $40.00 in print credits becomes $45.20)
Okay, okay. I’m sorry this turned into a rant! It’s just, if I was coming from a low-income family this would be an extremely hard expense at the end of the year. Trust me, I am happy to be done and although the price of printing is extremely expensive it has been a decent four years of education.
I’ve also managed to secure a job, thankfully. My boyfriend and I will be moving into a full-size house! (we’re only renting) but it’s a real step up from the one-bedroom, basement apartment we’ve been living in right now. I can’t wait to start earning some real money, posting more regularly, reading other blogs and just all around getting life sorted out!
Thanks so much for reading my rant guys, I’ll be back to regular posting by next week!