What a powerful way to change the future! In a time of uncertainty, bitterness, and hatred, we all need to spread love. Giving your time can be an effective way to spread some joy to others and it can also give you incredible joy. On Friday I attended a final capstone presentation by two JMU students I assisted this past school year. They stood before a classroom filled with other students and professors clearly nervous. The research they were doing was focused on offering solutions for affordable housing in Harrisonburg. I know from our conversations they had the knowledge they needed to offer a complete solution – they just needed to articulate it to the group. Their vision to create a better future for those in need is through the use of tiny houses. Their presentation offered an “ideal” house design that included energy-efficiency, health, and durable solutions. What a powerful and rewarding project to have offered input for me. I gave them a little of my time and knowledge and they are going to change the world! Now that is a solid return on investment.
I remember vividly my architecture teacher in high school, Sandy Workman, gave me this same gift. She shared her time and knowledge with me which set me on a path to help others through design. I often have high school students in my office through job shadow placements to try to offer that same gift to others. Nate, for one, has spent the year with me learning how to design a house and how an architectural office functions. He is closing in on the end of his time in the office now. I look forward to seeing how he changes the world.