Did you know that Tadao Ando was a boxer before he became an architect? Or that Philip Johnson studied philosophy before going on to build his famed Glass House? The road to a career in design is not always the most straightforward, and more than a handful of the world’s most well-known designers spent years dabbling in different vocations that outwardly seem unrelated to their ultimate true calling. Today’s most forward-thinking design schools are starting to embrace this kind of diversity in their student body, welcoming individuals of all backgrounds and ages who want to begin a career shaping our built environment. But what’s it like to be that student who pursues a design education after years spent working a different type of 9 to 5? We asked students from the highly diverse Boston Architectural College (BAC) to share what it’s like to be a graduate student in Sustainable Design in the Master of Design Studies Program —an innovative low-residency degree dedicated to helping students learn about the practices, processes, and materials for building a sustainable future. These bright minds from across the globe gave us a peek into their lives, sharing their background, the projects they’ve been working on, and what they dream of doing in the future. Read on for a look at for what 7 of Boston Architectural College‘s brightest Sustainable Design students have to say!