Chemistry 151 is a class that not many students enjoy and often find difficult. Walking into class at 7:50 it becomes apparent the enthusiasm for the class when your greeted with the sight of only three students present before class. Dead silent class has yet to begin and slowly students begin trickling into class three minutes before lecture begins. Robert Milosky the lecturing professor greets the class with a cheerful reminder that it was Friday. As the last of the students fill their seats Milosky begins his lector at eight. A couple individual drinking coffee while Milosky displays a powerpoint as usual. The class is quiet and Milosky encourages students to discuss topics and ask questions with little success. Milosky staying positive and passionate about the lector adds occasional jokes and stories relating the subject matter to real life applications. Compared to composition 250 Chemistry 151 has less class participation. The class encourages questions and conversations but only a small group for individual will take advantage of Milosky’s willingness to go into detail. Hardly any students follow along on calculation problem except the few that will answer question and ask questions. The buzzing of the projector fan can often be hear throughout the class from the shy group of reluctance to speak up within class. With a lack of questions and discussion the material is often finish before the end of class at 8:55 and class is released early. I’m not sure if the lack of participation indicates students are afraid to ask questions because they are uncomfortable compared to composition 250 where discussion flows or if everyone is simple to tired in the morning. The class dynamic is a negative one as a result class for chemistry is something I don’t look forward to just because of the awkward stiff atmosphere present throughout the lector.
Deciding to become biology major was difficult, choosing cellular and molecular biology as a major was even harder. Senior year of high school I was faced with what I wanted to do. I had given it though but had not actually figured out what I wanted to do with my life. I liked swimming, coaching and art but none of these felt like something I would make into a career, not to mention they are not the most financially stable. I was good at math and science and even interned at an engineering firm for a while but nothing seemed right. I was completely lost with choices. Then my AP Biology class with Mr. Kern made me consider Biology. I enjoyed the class; I was fascinated with macromolecules and the chemistry behind not only cells but also life itself. The more I learned in class the more I wanted to learn, I discover it was the small things in life that captured my attention in class, how carbon reacts with oxygen, nitrogen, and hydrogen to form the essential molecules of life, how a plant is able to take water and carbon dioxide and turn into a sugar with a little sunlight, I was hooked but not fully convinced. The catalyst that lead to choosing molecular biology was anatomy class and a relative becoming sick. Combined both made me realize I wanted to do something and go into the medical field and become a physician. I wanted to understand why people became sick and enjoyed learning the science behind it, but I knew it was a science major required a lot of work. Countless times I considered becoming an art major instead. I knew becoming a physician was an even greater task than just a science major but I knew it was what I wanted. It all fit together, my talents and passions, it felt right and so far college has confirmed the feeling with each science class. Cellular and Molecular biology, it was the perfect fit and translated well in medical school, I have finally accepted my path and dive in.