Dear RAW Architecture big family,
I am writing this letter *on my last day here :’(* to express my gratitude for all of you. I am very honored and grateful *truly from the bottom of my heart* for the opportunities to join summer fellowship program here. It is like a wonderful journey full of unforgettable memories and valuable experience for about two months.
At first, I had a little hard time because of the long working time (I could spent about 10 up to 12 hours a day in this office) and my far away home, so every day I could get home about 9 or 10 p.m. I was too tired and couldn’t do anything else after I got home. Sometime, I was jealous with my friends because they average working time (only about 8 up to 9 hours) and little assignment. But after some weeks I realized, they didn’t get many experiences and lessons as I did. Instead of that, all the people are nice and welcome, make it feels like we are one big family. They were willing to teach us (the interns) many things like software skills, design thinking and workflow, detail architecture, how to present your idea nicely to client, and many things.
Mr. Realrich, the principal of RAW architecture is very kind, humble, and open minded person. He taught us so many lessons. The most impressive to me was when he asked us to writing about materials and master architect. I was surprised and questioned myself ‘what is it ?’, ‘why should I do this ? I want to learn architecture design and soft skills, not this writing and literature things’ , ‘ It is so boring’. I mumble at myself and keep doing. After some days, I realized it was so much important because by doing it, indirectly taught me how to think systematically and critically, writing organization and structure, and of course enrich my knowledge. Since that, I would like to spend my free time by reading a book (I don’t like reading back then). Instead of that, he ever told us about his architecture life journey that make me so touched and yet motivated. He failed once when on 7th term but it made him stronger and more enthusiasts to reach his dream. He believed he can, he fought for it, and he made it happen. It was similar to proverb:
“ An arrow can be only shot by pulling it back. So, when life dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. THE BEST IS YET TO COME “