Ok, its been a while since I’ve updated you all on my situation, and a lot has happened! So here’s the long and short of it:
Classes have finally begun! No more orientation (and sadly no more free lunches…). This is the real deal! Classes started a week ago today, and by Monday I was already feeling a bit overwhelmed. I think I’m just starting to find a bit of a ‘groove’ though, and things should be fully settled with a few more weeks. By far, my favorite class is “Physical Organic Chemistry” with Prof. Bergmann. This guy is awesome. He’s a great lecturer, and really quite an accomplished chemist! He even has a reaction named after him.
For those of you not indoctrinated in the ways of chemistry, Physical organic chemistry is all about describing how organic (carbon containing) molecules bond and react using both quantitative and qualitative applications of chemical bonding theories. One of the major goals is for students to learn how to look at the structure of a molecule and predict a number of different properties!
My other class is a bit more of a challenge so far. It is a class that teaches you all about different reactions in organic chemistry, and how to synthesize different molecules The class basically involves me writing as frantically as I can for an hour in the morning, and then spending several hours every afternoon trying to understand and memorize as much material as I can! Honestly… that’s what I really ought to be doing right now. I think this is probably one of the best experiences I will have though. It’s hard and confusing, but just within my grasp. By pushing myself, and dedicating a lot of time to really learning this stuff well, I think I will really get a lot out of it!
I also am teaching this semester… but I think I will dedicate a separate post to that after I’ve had more experience. Besides I’m too excited to talk about anything but TRIVIA!! That’s right, trivia! For the last two weeks, a few us first year students have managed to bridge the great social divide between synthetic and physical chemistry to field a team (or two) for the trivia night held at a local bar. We haven’t managed to snag a win yet, but we’ve been close!