PROFILE | AManda Steiskal
What is your area of study? Have you obtained your degree yet? If no, when do you estimate it will be awarded to you?
I will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in May 2014. I transferred into the School of Architecture in August 2010 at the age of 24.
You have put so much time and energy into your education and towards earning a degree. Now that you’ve almost earned it, how will it enable you to make a difference in your field?
I will make a difference in my field by using the skills that I learned here at SIU and by influencing my peers to always give 110%. As a female, I can give advice to other females in the field and encourage them to pursue this career path.
What first interested you in the SIU School of Architecture and why did you choose SIU instead of another school?
I was interested in SIU because it has a good architecture program and was decently priced. I made my decision to come here after seeing how the faculty interacted with students. I loved that the class sizes were smaller than normal.
What has been your greatest challenge in the program and how did you overcome it?
The greatest challenge in this program would have to be time management, I over came this challenge by never underestimating the time it will take to complete a project.
What is your advice to students who may be thinking about applying to the Architectural Studies program?
I would advise other students to keep time management in mind when doing a project and to make as many friends as possible in your program. Having friends in the same program is beneficial because they are encouraging and always there when you need help. They understand what you are going through and can give you another perspective on things.