Muna Shahroi says that she didn’t know anything about architecture as a small child growing up in Jordan, but she did show some of the early signs that architecture would be the right career for her. She had a passion for drawing and joined art clubs at her school – she recalls telling her teachers that she wanted to be an artist. But she also did well in other subjects including math and science.
Muna grew up in a large family with several brothers and sisters, but she talks about how she most looked up to her big brother, who moved to the United States to pursue a civil engineering career. She discusses how she was influenced by him, and by her parents who made sure to instill the drive to pursue higher education in their children.
In today’s episode, Mona talks about her school experience and about what happened after school when she got out into the working world. She explains when and why she decided to move to the US and what it was like to make that transition and learn how to succeed as an architect in the US.
Muna also discusses the ARE exams. She describes what aspects of the tests she experienced challenges with and how she learned to study in a way that would help her pass. She talks about joining the ARE boot camp and how that impacted her studying and testing experiences.
What You’ll Hear on This Episode
- What inspired Muna to go into architecture
- What happened for Muna after school was over
- When Muna came to the US and how the transition went for her
- Muna’s experience with the licensing tests
- Muna’s thoughts about boot camp
- Juggling studying with other aspects of a busy life
- Muna’s strategies for saving time so that she could study
- What Muna is doing now that she’s done with exams
- Muna’s advice for people taking the architect exam
- Muna’s advice for aspiring architects
- What Muna knows now that she didn’t know then
- The book that changed everything for Muna
- Muna’s favorite resource, product, or gadget
- Muna’s best timesaving trick
- Where listeners can find Muna online
Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode
- The exams may not be exactly what you expect them to be.
- Ask lots of questions and learn as much as you can.
- Finding mentors is more important than you think
Muna Shahroi’s Advice for Aspiring Architects
“I want them to know that it’s OK to be nosy and ask a lot of questions. Learn as much as you can as early as possible. And help others along the way. And don’t be threatened by competition. It’s a healthy thing and this is how it’s supposed to be in architecture. So, let’s help each other. Let’s rise by lifting each other.”
“It’s very important to find the right mentor.” –Muna Shahroi on what she knows today that she didn’t know back then
“It’s Mindset by Carol Dweck. It not only motivated me to start the ARE exams, but also contains great tips for parenting.” –Muna Shahroi on the book that changed everything
“I am a person who loves taking notes, making sketches.” –Muna Shahroi on her favorite resource or gadget
“If I have time that I really need to focus, I turn off the TV and make sure I put my phone away from me so that I don’t waste time on texting and social media.” –Muna Shahroi on her best timesaving trick.