Monday, June 3, 2013

Recognition Series: pt. 21 - Erin C

Though Erin and I had been in studio together for a year already by the end of sophomore year, we never really became good friends until the Spring semester of junior year, when we sat across from each other. That semester we ended up having very similar if not identical schedules, and we got along so well that we actually planned to take classes together from then on.

We would wait for each other in studio to walk to class with and discuss life on the way, from grad school to studio woes to everything else. We'd sit together and make jokes about the material, competing with scores and me poking fun at how she'd still always be working on her architecture projects in other classes.

During Junior year we worked on a project together to redo the entirety of the campus planning proposition that Clemson University had put together, and in my opinion this is one of the best projects I've ever been a part of. Our presentation was extremely successful and very well-received, and kickstarted me into another of my best projects when we each designed a different building from our overall plan (the second project of the semester).

Erin is a genuinely nice person, and quiet until you get to know her (and even then she's sort of still quiet). She laughs easily and works hard and loves doing those crafty projects around the house. I'm so happy for her that she has found the man of her dreams (she got married the summer after our sophomore year) and that she even added a couple of pets to the family.

As far as I know, I think she's moving to Charlotte and trying to find a job there. Regardless of where she goes or what she does, though, she'll be a success. She has this innate ability to just pursue things with fervor and vigilance, and follows them through to the end. I'm not sure how much we'll really be able to keep in touch, but I'll miss the silly little emails with class notes and reading materials, or the architecture jokes or whatever else there was. Sometimes, at the end of the day, it's just great to have a friend around.

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