Back to School

Today was my very first day at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Having graduated from a little community college, I was quite nervous about my first day at a big university. Now that I am back home I can say that Day 1 was a success. I do not know what I was so scared of. However, I was lucky enough that all my credits transferred and now I get to focus on my majors, History and Geography with a concentration in Geographic Information Sciences. Because of the smooth transition I am taking classes that really interest me and will help me in my career as a preservationist. I am sure I will do other posts to update the few readers I have about my progress throughout the semester.

My Schedule 

GEO 106 – Geosystems Sciences

GEO 121 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

HIS 239 – History of Colonial Latin America (1492-1830)

HIS 301 – Race and Slavery

Surprisingly, I was able to purchase all my textbooks for less than half what they used to average at community college.




It’s about to get sketchy

As I read about graduate programs for historic preservation, I have noted in the descriptions of some classes’ assignments where you are required to do some drawings of buildings or features by hand. Since then, I have been telling myself that I need to practice sketching so I can become comfortable with it by the time I reach those classes in my journey. Armed with my copy of A Field Guide to American Houses, I have begun this endeavor. I open to a random page, pick a house, and draw.


The Italianate house on the right was the first one and I think it was rather late at night when I thought trying to add brick to the house was a good idea.  But as with anything the more I drew the more confident and comfortable I felt, as you can hopefully see the smoother lines in the next image.

DSC_0002 The Second Empire house in the middle of the page is my favorite style. This one is not as elaborately decorated as most are in that style but I do enjoy a mansard roof. Next on my list is to get out and do some sketching in the field. I would like to also focus on particular features and not on just the front facade, maybe some fireplaces, windows, and doors.