While the smart thing to do right now would be to study for my third upcoming organic chemistry exam, I thought I’d give a little update on things are going school-wise before I hardcore rock out memorizing reagents and how to do synthesis problems into my brain.
I’ll go from hardest/scariest to least:
Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 232) – I’ve got one quiz and two exams left to make up my grade. It is totally doable, given that I study like a monster, which I plan to do. I think right now I’m at a B/C range, but there is still a lot of points to get that could put me much higher. I am hoping for a B since getting an A seems out of reach (stupid quizzes). Wish me luck!
Cell Biology (BIOS 222) – I’ve only got one quiz and one more exam left, which kind of sucks because this class goes by percentages instead of points. My past exam grades kind of slumped, and I think it’s due to my laziness and also due to my attitude towards school; but perhaps I was too confident that I’d do well in this class because “biology is my thing.” It’s bad to assume classes are easy! I think I’m at a B/C range too for this class. Any hope for that A? Man that would be wonderful, but not likely.
Human Nutrition (HN 196) – Best class ever. I don’t think I have to worry at all about being A/B borderline. Her quizzes and exams are so straight-forward, not like biology where you have to read a huge paragraph of text and then look at the answers in the multiple choice section to read MORE confusing text. Her presentations are so wonderful too because she gives you the information that will basically be tested on the exams and the facts she brings in the enhance the information on the slides are so interesting.
Asian Studies (ASST 270) – I think this class is going well. My professor hasn’t updated the grades lately but the bulk of the grade for this class is a final 6-8 page paper. I like writing so this shouldn’t be too big of a problem. I made an appointment at the UIC Writing Center so that should help a lot (btw, I might help redesign their website because they are in need of an awesome one for the amazing things they do!).
On a quick tangent (and speaking about the Writing Center), I went to my regular tutoring hour and the person I tutored last week was there getting tutored by someone else and she saw me and was like “Oh Milie! I have to give you something later!” I had no idea what it could be because it’s not normal for tutees to give gifts to tutors, and there is probably something against some kind of ethic code to receive it, IF I am an employee…but I’m a volunteer so maybe there’s a leeway? After my session and her session she came by my desk and handed me the aloe gel that I mentioned in my previous two posts (she wrote it in Chinese). Apparently her friend from China came to give it to her but she said her skin was doing well and thought I could use it for mine (since it was clearly conspicuously bad and scratched up from my eczema problem). It was so sweet of her, especially since we only met once! I initially declined, though. I guess it’s a natural instinct of mine to decline gifts because it’s more humble in my culture. But if they persist, then I tend to give in (because the thought was so nice!). Ah you really meet wonderful people at the writing center.
Introduction to Fiction (ENGL 212) – This class is too hilarious. Words can’t describe, literally. Grades? Eh they don’t matter as much when it comes to this kind of stuff in my opinion, but I think I don’t have to worry too much. (:
Music Therapy (HON 201) – It’s a pass or fail seminar…so I’ll be fine! Too bad it doesn’t count towards my GPA but that’s okay.
Independent Research (KN 396) – I know I said six classes, but I have to kind of include this since I am taking 1 credit hour in it, and it will count towards my GPA apparently because we get graded with an A, B, C, etc. I didn’t discuss with my PI about it, but I hope he remembers to grade me (and hopefully give me that A!).
As you can tell, taking 18 credit hours is severely inhibiting my science grades…but you know what I’m not going to give up! Hopefully medical schools are understanding of my other interests (of course, after this semester I am never taking any more electives again unless they relate to science). Other than that…I’m really excited for Thanksgiving! :D