One thing I miss more than anything after finishing school was building physical models. As much as I enjoy rendering and illustrating, my favorite part of the design process was getting away from the screen and building study/presentation models. My thesis project was especially interesting, since I made it a goal to design the entire project digitally with no study models (well one quick one at the beginning of the project). My final presentation model was the first time I saw the design in physical, tangible form. Not only that, but the laser cutter was toast and everything had to be done the old school way, measuring and hand cutting each individual piece.
The reason that I bring this up is because I realized that maybe 75% of the models no longer exist or will never be seen again. Half of them fell victim to the move to Boston. Others, I let the schools keep. The model pics are all I have left which have been crucial to my portfolios and this blog. If you don't already document your stuff after every project, it's a good habit to get into. Also, take your time and use good lighting. Some of my model pics are blurry or just bad angles, which is brutal to edit.