I wasn’t surprised when a student from fourth year came and said that to me. The second sentence, after he said that he wanted to talk to me. I liked the clarity and straightforwardness in his thought. He said ‘Sir, I don’t want to do architecture.’

Now, it is never too late to realize that something is not for you. This wasn’t the first case when some student has shared that they do not want to do architecture. In fact, many students live in a denial. They come to architecture not because of choice, they continue to pursue architecture, not because of choice, because it was easier to get into architecture than any other course, because other friends were doing it, because parents wanted them to do it, because they thought it was all about drawing and painting. Because, there was no other option.

Coming back to the student. I feel it is equally important to know what you don’t want to do and what is not for you. And the student realized it after completing more than 60% of the course. I tried to find out the reasons why he didn’t want to continue the course and what would he do next. He wasn’t sure. He thought he was the weakest student in the batch and his interest was sports. He wasn’t sure where and how to start with sports again.

Many students continue to pursue architecture just because they started it. Just because they did not know how to get out of it. Or, many universities make it difficult for students to quit in the middle of the course. My advice to such students is to quit architecture as soon as they realize it that was not meant for them.  Or, at least plan an exit strategy so that you do not lose on time and enthusiasm. Or, take a break for a semester or a year and do something that gives you more pleasure. If things don’t work, you can always come back. You cannot be denied of your right to be wrong.