Commencement Profile: Merna Haddad

April 19, 2017

Commencement Profile: Merna Haddad

Commencement Profile: Merna Haddad

Merna Haddad, Architecture

Merna Haddad’s ability to capture light-in-hand drawings has set a high standard for the design and construction management program, which she has supported by presenting several lecture-workshops to fellow students on hand-drawing techniques. In December 2016, when Wentworth hosted the national Forum of the American Institute of Architecture Students, Haddad worked as the programming director, organizing more than 80 different education sessions including presentations, workshops, and tours. She also coordinated the keynote panel discussion, and collaborated with several subcommittees across academic institutions.

A member of the Wentworth Architecture Club, Haddad helped organize a student trip to Houston, and is known among her traveling companions for her positive and adventurous spirit.

What is your favorite thing about your Wentworth experience?

Self-discovery is an essential part of growth, both as a designer and as an individual. Coming to Wentworth, I was looking for a space and community that would assist me in the process of understanding what my long-term goals were and the impact I wanted to have. My experience at Wentworth has been one of incredible fortune and growth. The professors have been truly inspiring—they’ve challenged both my ability to perform and my ability to think. They have provided me with numerous tactics and tools that have helped, and shall continue to help, me grow.

How has Wentworth prepared you for post-graduate life?

It wasn’t long after starting that I realized Wentworth's allows students to apply general subjects to their specific field of study. This direct application to real life was useful as it grounded my thoughts and provided me with a realistic perspective. Furthermore, being given computers with programs that are currently being used in the work field puts Wentworth’s students at a great advantage. My skill set has grown tremendously over the past four years.

What are you planning to do after commencement?

I am planning to continue with the five-year architecture program at Wentworth.

Who is someone at Wentworth that you've greatly admired or looked up to?

Professor Robert Cowherd is one of many instructors I look up to and admire. I find that the lessons and words he has shared with my class since freshman year continue to apply and direct me. I was fortunate to have him teach one of my urbanism classes last year; it required me to think critically and to generate thorough opinions on an array of subject matter.

What advice would you offer to students just entering Wentworth?

Step out of your comfort zone. Being open to trying new things is sometimes difficult, but it’s outside that box of comfort and familiarity that growth and meaningful change take place. Challenge yourself at a skill or tool you are unfamiliar with; it will only help you in your learning process.

—Greg Abazorius & A.J. Martin

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