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Spring First Impressions

Now that Intersession has ended, the new semester is in full swing. I was lucky enough to get into all the classes I registered for, and so far, I am loving all my classes. This first week has been a bit abridged though, I spent Thursday on a bus to North Carolina for a swim meet, and am spending the rest of the weekend between the UNC pool deck and our hotel. For most of us, this is our last meet of the season, so it is an exciting time to spend together as a team, cheering on the pool deck.

As I am at a swim meet, I find myself devoid of ~creative~ ideas for blog posts, but since I am so in love with my classes, I thought I’d share my first impressions here.

look at all that free time

so much free time

General Physics 1 for Physical Science Majors: Yes, Physics. The Molecular and Cellular Biology major requires it and the MCAT requires it, so there was no avoiding this class. I am not the most mathematically inclined individual, and just scraped by in high school Physics, so I know that I will really need to devote a ton of time to studying for this class. Regardless of how I like the subject matter, I am enjoying the class so far. My professor, Dr. Barnett, seems to really care that we learn the material, and fills the class with a ton of interesting demonstrations. (He even brought his dog into class Wednesday!)

Physics 1 Lab: You can’t quite see this one on my semester.ly schedule, since its from 6-8:50 on Tuesday nights. But I promise its there!

Expository Writing: Law and Revenge: I took Introduction to Fiction and Poetry last semester, and though I’ve gone through creative writing phases in the past, for some reason I just wasn’t feeling anything I ended up writing. In my goal to fulfill my W credits as early as possible, I decided to go a different route and take an Expository Writing class. These classes center around a certain subject, but their main focus is on teaching us how to effectively write a persuasive extended essay. I chose this particular class because the professor was highly recommended to me by my friend. Turns out, the subject matter is fascinating, and I am loving our discussions and readings about law, revenge, and how justice intersects the two.

Mammalian Evolution: This is the class I was most excited for. Not only does it sound incredibly cool, it actually counts as one of the upper level Biology classes I need for my major, but doesn’t have any prerequisite courses. It is taught by a member of the Functional Anatomy department at the Med Campus, and it is really interesting so far! Back in AP Bio, our teacher had us read Our Inner Fish a book about mammalian evolution, anatomy, and paleontology, so I knew I would enjoy the subject matter. We might be taking a trip to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (my fav Smithsonian museum!) and I’m already looking forward to that.

Medical Spanish: In addition to my MolCell Bio major, I am minoring in Spanish for the Professions. I fell in love with this minor simply because of the idea of this class. The minor requires you to take either Business, Medical, or Legal Spanish, and the vocabulary learned in these classes is incredibly valuable. I know that if I pursue a career in the medical field, I will likely come into contact with Spanish speaking patients, and I want to have the capacity to effectively communicate with them in their native language. The class will be challenging, with a lot of vocabulary and information to master, but I am definitely looking forward to it.

Research: The reason I’m only taking 14 classroom credits is because I’ll be adding on a couple of research credits. I’ll be going into the lab on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and I planned my schedule out with this in mind! Labs usually like you to have big chunks of time available, so my Tuesdays and Thursdays are perfect for this.

So there you have it! My perfect schedule summed up. Though the reality of no covered grades is slowly setting in, I am looking forward to the next 12 weeks!

 

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