Saritza Martinez feels as if her path to becoming an architect was an unusual one. As a younger person, she didn’t even know what architecture was. She was a good student who got good grades and did well on her college exams, but she didn’t know what it was she wanted to study, and it was worrying her.
A friend of Saritza’s suggested architecture as a course of study because it was a creative career that involves math and construction. Saritza loved math, and she was interested in construction because her grandfather, a builder, was a big influence on her life.
Saritza attended undergraduate architecture school in Puerto Rico, and started her master’s degree there too, but then transferred to Syracuse to finish obtaining the graduate degree. In today’s episode, one of the subjects she discusses was the language barrier she experienced at the time and how she got through it.
Saritza also discusses her experience with the architecture exam, the impact gratitude has had on her life, and her artwork. Listen to today’s podcast to learn more about Saritza’s life and her thoughts on becoming an architect, staying positive during exams, and her proposal for the Young Architect Conference.
What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
- What inspired Saritza to pursue a career in architecture
- Where Saritza went to architecture school
- Saritza’s language barrier and how she used graphics
- How the language issues came up later
- Saritza’s experience taking the architect exam
- Saritza’s thoughts on happiness and enjoying the time you have
- The impact of gratitude on Saritza’s life
- The role mentors have played in Saritza’s life
- Saritza’s artwork
- Saritza’s proposal for the Young Architect Conference
- Saritza’s advice for aspiring architects
- What Saritza knows now that she didn’t know then
- The book that changed everything for Saritza
- Saritza’s favorite resource, product, or gadget
- Saritza’s best timesaving trick
- How listeners can find Saritza
Top Three Takeaways from This Episode:
- Look for ways to have fun with the things you need to do.
- Don’t underestimate the importance of a grateful mindset.
- Enjoy the present and don’t worry so much about the end.
Saritza’s Advice for Aspiring Architects:
“The biggest advice is to speak up. To know that your voice is valuable. To ask questions, too, and ask for support. You will be surprised at the people that are really willing to help you out with your goals. If you don’t speak up, nobody is going to know.”
“Back then I thought that people had things figured out, and now I know that even if it looks like things are perfect for other people, we are all in a journey and we are all discovering what’s next. – What Saritza knows now that she didn’t know then.
“The main one is The Four Agreements.” –The book that changed everything for Saritza
“I have a bullet journal.” –Saritza on her favorite resource, product, or gadget
“What I’m doing now is I’m using the Pomodoro technique.” –Saritza on her best time-saving trick
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