Posted by: lcowie | July 13, 2009

The ‘What’s Next?’ Phenomenon

I recently came across the following posting on the ARE Forum:

“This may sound crazy, but since passing the LEED exam, I have been moderately depressed. I know I should be climbing the walls with happiness, I feel spent. I cannot seem to get my engines going again. I was wondering if anyone else had ever experienced this?”

student-studyingI have paraphrased the excellent points made by the resulting posters:

Before the test, there was great tension and anxiety about the test. Studying occupied every free minute. Upon receiving a passing score, there was a brief moment of euphoria.

But now what? As with most big events, there is great build-up and anticipation but usually a let-down feeling afterwards. This is normal. The exam must have been much easier than you had expected. You were ready for a great battle and did not find an adequate ‘opponent.’

Not only is spare time feasible again, but adding a LEED credential to your name might provide job security. With this economy, it is important to have whatever edge you can over your competition.

You should feel proud about passing the exam. LEED is an up-and-coming accreditation that few people have. You studied hard, and you achieved your goal. Hopefully you will now get more opportunities to work on LEED projects so that you can use what you learned.

doghouseAnother way to use what you have learned is to go outside, get some fresh air, and spend some time designing something simple (such as a doghouse, child’s playhouse, etc…) that incorporates some of the ARE & LEED principles you’ve been studying about for all this time. You’ll start to remember why you actually wanted to be an architect in the first place and it’ll help re-live those fun days of designing whatever you wanted in the university studio.

Like an Olympic athlete, you crossed the finish line and now the excitement is over. What you should do is use that enthusiasm to spur you on to the next thing – learning about LEED v3.0. It’s great that so many people have a desire to keep on learning. For more information about LEED v3.0, visit the Everblue Training Institute’s web site.

Let us know in a comment the steps you have taken since passing the LEED exam and your feelings toward your LEED AP or LEED Green Associate future.


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