Chins up people... even I completed the A.R.E.

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    Rafael Enriquez

    Congratulations Kurt! I’ve been tracking right behind you this whole journey and can honestly say I owe a lot of my success to you being so involved in the forum and getting and sharing great insight on preparing for these exams. Hope to join you once I get through P Diddy too!

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    Daniel Ostfeld

    Kurt,

    Very well done my friend. 6 for 6 impressive. Today i will drink one beer in your name. Will like to know your experience on P Diddy. i'm retaking it in 3 weeks. As Rafael stated, you've been a big help for me and many during this process. Thanks for been so involved in the forum and helping everyone.

    NOW TIME TO CELEBRATE AND GO CRAZY...NO MORE STUDYING!!!

    Cheers KURT!!!!

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    Kurt Fanderclai (Edited )

    Daniel and Rafael...

    My compadres through it all...  if I've somehow helped either of you in any way, that makes it all even better.

    We three seem to have started about the same time  in the early days of 5.0...   

    It's absolutely GREAT to hear that you two are both nearing the end of this crazy journey. 

    I appreciate the help I've gotten from both of you -- I'll be very happy to see you both cross the finish line.

    Let me know if I can help either of you in any way!

    Cheers!

    Kurt 

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    Alex Ginard Cordoba

    Hey Kurt,

    Congratulations!! Before you disappear of this Forum I just want to say, “THANK YOU” for been active and sharing your experience through the process. I have been reading your posts, also Daniel and Rafael’s posts, and they have been very useful and inspiring to everyone.

    I’m starting in this process, I passed PcM already (thanks God) and planning to take PjM in December and CE in January.

    CONGRATS AGAIN!!

    Cheers!

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    Benjamin Norkin

    Wooooooo! Congrats buddy!

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    Nick NCARB (Edited )

    Congrats Kurt!

    Also, thank you for all of the great posts and contributing to the success of this Community!

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    Kurt Fanderclai

     Alex, you are quite welcome... thank you!  CONGRATULATIONS! on PcM.  I like your one-month between approach for the "business" exams!  

    Good luck with your exams!

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Thanks, Benjamin! -- great to talk with you on the "other side" now....!!!!

    Whaddya say we talk over the minutiae of the physics of snow loading on a pitched roof -- just for old times sake?  Heh!  

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Thanks, Nick!  I've really appreciated your attention to the this forum during my testing process.    

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    Katie Merten

    Congratulations! I'm still stuck on some 4.0 tests, but I've followed your posts and it's great to see your dream come true, especially with the PPD and P-Diddy beasts! Best of luck in the future!

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    Erica Spayd

    Kurt -- CONGRATS!!!! Not surprised you did well, you seemed to have the right strategy and attitude about the whole process, and a ton of knowledge and experience to back it up. Very happy for you! 

    So, now that you're done, what's next for you career-wise?

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Erica -- thanks so much!  

    Like I wrote in my post, most of the folks that I started the ARE process with have already moved on -- mostly due to my almost 5 month "hiatus".  You were definitely one of those people, and you were a great help to me -- and to many others.  Thank you!

    Career-wise -- I'm in a new firm, and it's working out really well.  Also, I've mentioned before my interest in investment properties, and am definitely pursuing that as well.  I'd also like to hang out my own shingle.

    How about you in terms of career?  

     

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    Erica Spayd

    Kurt, thanks to you as well! This forum is such an asset to those embarking on the ARE adventure, in large part thanks to people like you. Though I was ahead of you in the process, your commentary definitely helped keep me motivated and engaged, so you helped me out a lot as well!

    Glad to hear the new gig is going well, and it sounds like you're pursuing some fun things!

    I work in the corporate world - in-house store Architect (formerly in-house store designer) for a large apparel company. The retail world is fun, and has treated me well, but is changing rapidly and feels a little less stable every day, so I've certainly been thinking a lot about what's next while also trying to embrace the change and take the roller coaster ride in stride. I've started dipping my toe into the residential waters - small side projects so far, just to help build that area of my portfolio. My 5-ish year plan is to start my own practice, but with a 17-month old and a mortgage, it's not the best thing for my family right now. Still, I'm trying to align the pieces so that when the time comes, I'm ready.

    A great resource I've found for those starting their own practice (or considering it) is the EntreArchitect Community - there is a facebook group and podcast (both free), and then a paid subscription to additional content (which I think I'm going to bite the bullet and purchase, as it seems really worthwhile). I've only used the free resources so far, and they're really great. More focused on the business of architecture than on design, but I think that's what a lot of us striking out on our own need, and it's honestly a great little community. You should check it out, and maybe we'll meet again over on that forum!

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Erica, I completely agree -- this forum is such an asset for those that take advantage of it.  

    Sounds like you're charting a plan for the big "What's Next" as well.  I need to check out EntreArchitect -- I know that it exists, but it sounds like I need to get my head into that sort of space.  The business part is essential.  Thanks for the suggestion!  

    Wow, a 17-month old!  Nice!  So you must have started the ARE with about a 10 month old baby?  Holy ****!  I'm sure most parents with a baby think to themselves, "ya know, this baby thing is really no sweat, I should also take on a massive, multi-division professional exam -- one that is super-rigorous, expensive, and will take up  a ****load of my time"... 

    Yes, the residential market...I really love residential, and I hate it.  Hah!  I'm sure that statement is understood.  Many architects and designers, myself included, would list residential projects as their favorite.  Residential clients, however, can make me lean toward other directions!

    More than anything right now, I feel like I need to regroup a bit.  Those exams are a dense little monkey on your back -- I need a couple weeks of absolute nonsense.  Fueled by some adult beverages.

     

      

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    Erica Spayd

    Ha, that’s not exactly how it went down, LOL. Honestly, I got back from maternity leave in September ‘16 to a company that was struggling and about to change in major ways. I figured a layoff was coming and I wanted to prepare myself for what might be next. I read about the 5.0 format and the early tester incentives and I thought, “Why not?” Fairly low risk, all things considered, and could help get me back on my feet if things should go south. Took and passed three in February and March, the layoff happened in April, and even though my job was safe, I was inspired to keep going and finish what I started. Now I have a cool rubber stamp and some options I hadn’t thought about before, and I’m looking forward to making the most of it.

    And yes, residential clients can be tough. My first job out of school wa sin residential, which is why I’ve been in retail the last 11 years! But there is a lot of opportunity in residential too, and value in a diverse portfolio, so that’s what I’m working toward.

    Enjoy your time off, Kurt, and congrats to you again!!

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Erica -- a well-played strategy in any case on your part... great accomplishment....nicely done!

    And thanks for the congrats!  And back at ya!

     

     

     

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    Ryan NCARB

    Kurt!  I had heard this happened while I was out of the office for a bit of time.  Congratulations...very well done!!

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Ryan -- well thank you!  I had noticed that you had been off the forums for a while. 

    I took my last one almost three weeks ago...  still enjoying the feeling!

    Thanks again for all of your input and humor along the way.

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    Rafael Enriquez

    I’m on the other side with you too Kurt! Took P Diddy yesterday and got my pass today. Thanks again for all your great posts and leading the way. Paying it forward with posts to summarize my experience with the exams for all those that will come after us. Congratulations again and Happy New Year!

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Rafael!  CONGRATULATIONS!

    That is Awesome.  So glad to hear that you killed it in 2017. 

    You took P-Diddy between Christmas and New Years? -- wow! -- that's some in-your-face-ARE style, my friend. 

    Well, there are only couple candidates left from the rag-tag group of us that started about the same time -- I really look forward to seeing them punch it over the line as well.

    I know your approach and mine were really similar -- and I think we took the exams in the exact same order?  (CE, PjM, PcM......PA.........PPD / P-Diddy)

    It's a lot of work to get to that point where a candidate sees that final PASS.  

    But, in hindsight, as you might agree, the ARE journey was largely enjoyable, and that feeling of accomplishment at the end tends to mean more than most would care to admit.

    Congrats again, and good luck to you in 2018!

     

     

     

     

      

     

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    Rafael Enriquez

    I tracked the same sequence and right behind you the whole way Kurt. Hence how helpful it was to get your insight as you passed each exam.

    Yes, now on this side of it I will agree that it was an enjoyable and validating experience getting through these exams. And the feeling of accomplishment at the end does mean a lot more than I thought it would going into it. Maybe it’s the earning it with all the studying that makes you savor the sweetness of being done finally.

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