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The Hunt for an Internship

Hot off the heels of the fall semester, you’d think now would be the time I could sleep for 2 weeks straight, go out with friends, and enjoy life without a care in the world. Well, in a way, it definitely is.

But, just because classes are no longer at the forefront of my mind doesn’t mean there aren’t other important things that need to get done, namely: finding an internship. I’ve been at it for about a month and a half now, and it’s been quite the process. Going through and finding the internships to apply for alone isn’t too hard, but then making sure they suit your interests, qualifications, and parameters makes the task that much harder.

You might be asking, why do I need to get an internship? The answer is one that’s best summed up in two words: forward thinking. Internships are how you show to future employers and to graduate schools that you are passionate about what you’re studying and that you’ve actually had hands-on experience to back up that sentiment. Further, it emphasizes your abilities to do good work, making you a better candidate for future internships, and eventually, full time jobs.

At the moment, I’ve yet to land one, but I’m optimistic. I’ve had about a week to rest and recuperate from the landslide of work that was this past semester. Now, rejuvenated, I can get back into the search and burrow my head into my computer in search of the right internship.

I’ll keep y’all posted, but until then, happy new year!

How to Disrespect a Class

The other day a few friends and I were talking about classes over dinner. You know, normal stuff: finals, exams, grades, etc. During the conversation, one of my friends said something I don’t think I’ll ever forget – half because it was funny and half because it was incredibly accurate. He said: “You can’t disrespect the course. The course will do you dirty right back.”, and after laughing about it, I gave it some thought. The man had a point.

Then again, maybe you’re wondering what exactly disrespecting the class means. Well, good news, I’ve got a checklist just for you.

How to Disrespect a Class

  1. Skip all the lectures.

First and foremost, you’re not going to want to go to class. Like, at all. Sure, once and while you might wake up, hit your alarm clock and go “Man, I just really wanna go hear about partial differential equations today.”, but for the most part, skipping class is step one towards disrespecting a class.

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We all know sleep is more important than grades.

  1. Don’t do the homework. Ever.

One of the beautiful things about college is you don’t have to do anything. So, if you don’t have to do the homework, why do it? Honestly, it’s a waste of time more than anything else. Who learns from practicing the material taught in lecture, anyways? Trick question: you’re not supposed to be going to lectures.

Oh, and if you do choose to do the homework every now and again, make sure you wait until the last possible minute.

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Just keep running. I’m sure it’ll disappear.

  1. Never read ahead.

Let’s be real, what good is going ahead of the material going to do? We both know it’s a much better use of your time to sit back in bed, throw on some Netflix and eat unhealthy amounts of food for hours on end. Right? Right.

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All the more reason not to read.

  1. Snapchat your professors while they lecture.

Okay, okay – so you managed to drag yourself to class. Now what? Take notes? Yeah, no. Correct answer: send Snapchats of your professor to everyone. I mean c’mon, who doesn’t want to see a dog filter on an esteemed professor while they try to teach you material that will inevitably decide your grade. I’ll tell you who does: your fans.

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Well, you’re wrong.

Do all four of these things, and you’re well on your way to complete disrespect of a class. Go for it and let me know how it turns out.

On the other hand, avoid all four of these things and you’re well on your way to an A. Trust me, don’t disrespect a class. It never turns out well.

 

Organic Chemistry: Debunking the Myths

It’s November 1 – which is absolutely insane. This means three great things:

  1. Thanksgiving break is less than three weeks away and I finally get to go home.
  2. It’s fall and the weather is cooling down, which is awesome.
  3. I’m a solid ¾ of the way through my Sophomore fall semester.

Now, as a pre-med (and for my BME requirements), this is the semester I was required to take the class that everyone seems to dread: Organic Chemistry. I just took my 2nd of the 3 midterms for Orgo last week. In the midst of the course right now, I thought I’d be in a prime position to layout myths perpetuated about the class and tell you if it really does live up to it’s insane reputation.

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That right there is 6,7-dichloro-hept-2-ene. And people told me I’d never use Orgo…

Myth 1: It’s the hardest class you’ll have to take.

False.

Don’t get me wrong, Orgo is a difficult class. It’s inherent difficulty comes in the fact that there’s just so much material that needs to be studied. In terms of actual concepts, though, the class isn’t significantly harder than anything else you’ll have to take. If anything, it’s easier than what’s to come as you move towards upper levels.

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Myth 2: It’s all about memorization.

False. 

A lot of people try skating through Orgo purely off of memorization alone, and a lot of the time, those are the same people that call it the hardest class ever. The fact is, memorization will only get you so far. Where in Bio memorization worked because it was straight facts, Orgo is rooted in concepts that need understanding to be applied.

If only I was, Aunt May...

If only I was, Aunt May…

Myth 3: It takes a lot of time.

True.

This is the one truth about Organic Chemistry that everyone agrees on. If you don’t dedicate the time this class warrants, you will fall behind. Personally, the class has completely changed the way I study, and I’m actually all the more grateful for it. Its the first real wake up call of college that shows you how you need to work to do well.

At the end of the day, Orgo is a class we all inevitably have to go through. I can tell you one thing about it with certainty though: it’s made out to be much harder than it actually is.

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