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Never too old to do what you love
by Katy Purviance on 03/18/08 @ 03:44:23 pm
Categories: News | 372 words | 1418 views

When I told my dad that I was accepted into Harvard, he was so happy that he wept. He is fond of reminding himself that he’s only one generation removed from Okies. This is a big step up for the whole family.

But yesterday he asked me, “Aren’t you too old to go to school?

A woman in the current class at LAIAD heard the same thing from her father.

I told my dad that my alternative was too continue doing dumb paperwork at my no-window artificial-lighting lingering-offgassing place of employment. I told him I was too young to resign myself to that.

My dad comes from a mindset that a steady, stable job with a pension was the best one could hope for.

First of all, that world no longer exists.

Secondly, I want more for myself than that. I want to go places. See the world. I want to share my passion for architecture with other people.

(The thought of not doing these things is pretty depressing.)

This is one of the reasons why I started Architecture Addiction: Field School. I wanted to make it not just possible, but easy to go just about anywhere, with all the logistics covered, at a inexpensive price. And I wanted to be able to make these opportunities available for a lot of other people too. I think we would be wiser if we saw more of how other people live all around the world.

I’ve made a tiny change to the Peru field trip site. I made the link to the travel insurance information easier to find. Now it’s right by the Reservation Form link.

We’re able to offer:

  • * Trip cancellation & interruption protection
  • * Medical and accident protection
  • * Baggage & property protection

Take a look. When you fill out the reservation form, you can specify the insurance you’d like to add to your field trip.

I expect to roll out another Field Trip – to Tuscany! – within the next few days. Stay tuned. We have a mailing list sign up sheet at the top of this page on the right. It makes it a little easier to take advantage of all we have to offer if get the updates in your inbox.

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