This Long and Winding Road. By Quynh Pham, 5th Year BLA
It’s senior year! Finally…I’m at the brink of graduation and the past four and half years in the BLA program have flown by. It’s been a busy and challenging four and a half years, but I believe it’ll all pay off in the end. I’ve learned a great deal since I’ve been here, but sometimes I feel like I still belong in the 1st-year design studio and that I haven’t learned all I need to from Professor Martin (I loved that class). I remember meeting some of my dearest friends on that first day of design studio, where we lined ourselves up according to our birthdays and then proceeded with introductions of each other. That year we all bonded on the love of shared music interests and our confusion about how exactly to design a landscape successfully.
It’s been a wonderful college experience, and I honestly could not have dreamt up a more rewarding time in my life. I’ve met a great deal of people while in this program, some of which will be life-long friends and mentors. I’ve had, and am still having, remarkable experiences as a student here, including getting to go to Boston last November to attend the ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo. I think I can pin it all back to the day I attended a Georgia Students of Landscape Architecture (GSLA) meeting and was nominated to be treasurer, which I won, considering nobody else ran for the position. That later got me involved with LABash 2013 and opened other doors for me to interact with faculty and students from various years.
I didn’t always know about landscape architecture, and actually only learned about it my freshman year as an “Undecided” student. But I’ve fallen in love with it and I’m really excited about starting out my career. When I started out in the program, I pushed myself to attend the multitude of events and activities that CED organizes, from lectures to delicious tailgates. I recall arriving and feeling quite sheepish, not only because I’m an introvert by nature, but also because I hardly ever saw any fellow students at those events. By now I feel very comfortable at such events, and am so pleased to see many of the younger students attending as well. It makes me happy to see them exhibit the same excitement and passion about landscape architecture that I feel myself. And it makes me excited about the future of the college as well as the profession.
I honestly cannot say enough good things about my time at CED, or even articulate just how much I am going to miss it come May. However, being a part of the CED community is like being a part of a family, and you always come back to visit family.