Patients

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(This was my module from today which is when you take one shape and then connect a bunch together to form other structures.)

The theme of today was pavilions, and we had some frustrating moments even with one of the most simple kinds of buildings. To get through the day, I noticed 3 different kinds of patiences being used.

One of the first mini projects this morning was looking at a park in North Carolina and figuring out the best way to reconstruct the park to make it more usable. We had to figure out where to place grass, a stage, an amphitheater, 2 fountains (one that is interactive), a parking lot, and then we have various constraints. Details, details…

We spend a while on this, and we had to practice listening to everyone’s ideas, and also paying attention to little details like normal. In the end the 4 groups each came up with very different designs, and none of them were like the design that the city actually used.

This first part of the day was meant to get us thinking about pavilions and human needs. When working with other people you need to have patiences with others to make sure you accomplish a task in the most productive way with positive, “yes and…” work.

The second kind of patiences we used today was patiences with objects.

For class we use this software called SketchUp. Let me just say, it is annoying like poo, but it is just day 2 of using it. The software is for designing structures in 3 demential space, so you can imagine this being difficult to work.

The project was to deconstruct the water tower that we each downloaded from a flash drive, and then create a pavilion using the same parts. Every part was suppose to be used, and you had to follow the Law of Conservation of Matter; no matter can be created or destroyed during the process.

Like I said, this was very difficult to do because we have barely worked with the software, so really the idea was to just get used to moving and reorienting shapes. The shapes would rotate instead of move, they would change planes without you trying to, they would even come really close and then zoom away.

Eventually, the pavilions got less and less exact, but you could see ideas of structures being built. No one ended up finishing, but we only made it through because we remained patience even when the computers weren’t doing what we told them to.

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(This is what I ended today with.)

The last, and most frequently used type of patiences was patients with ourselves. We were all just learning this information for the first time, and we needed to be okay with that. One of our instructors is really good at using the program (as far as we know), but he does this for a living.

However, it was still difficult to not get discouraged when watching how easily he could manipulate shapes. Even when we would walk around and look at what everyone else was doing it was hard to not feel like yours was awful in comparison.

Patiences is difficult to maintain, and I in no way have it mastered, but it is important to not get pushed down by daunting tasks and instead try to be encouraged by the challenge to try harder. This is difficult for some (most) people, but I strongly believe that it is the best mindset for success.

Like everyone always says, “Practice makes perfect.”

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