Classes I'm Taking [Fall 2003]

  • CHEM 2521 - Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
  •     For the first time in years, I've actually paid attention during chemistry. The professor is from Sverdlovsk (Yekaterinburg) and has a beautiful accent, which might account for my sudden interest in nucleophilic substitution reactions. I hope next semester bodes better for me, though - I was 0.3% away from the next grade level and Viktor refused to raise my score! >:(
  • BIOL 2201 - Genetics (3 credits)
  •     Before I took this course, I was a cell biology major. The professor unwittingly made me completely averse to everything sub-organismal in nature. I think she may have done this to several others in the class, as well, since the average score on the final exam was 60%. Pathetic.
  • BIOL 2801 - General Ecology (3 credits)
  •     I only got a B in this class. But I was so inspired by the material and the professor (well, material moreso) that I've completely re-thought my whole career path. I think I want to go into soil science. How dismal is that? I suppose I should go read the 869 page Soil Taxonomy: A Basic System of Soil Classification for Making and Interpreting Soil Surveys now...
  • MATH 1296 - Calculus I (5 credits)
  •     Before I took this class, I enjoyed math. Professor Greene ruined it all for me. I have never met anyone so enthusiastic about math, yet so utterly incapable of drilling this subject into our heads. I also have never been around such a teeming mass of freshmen before. Those kids are awful.
  • HIST 2265 - Russian History in the 20th Century (3 credits)
  •     When I was in high school, I despised history. Who wants to memorize a bunch of impertinent dates? Now I regale my family with assorted facts about Witte and Martov and Goglidze and Ordzhonikidze...

Ripping off my user name and my lists, eh? Just kidding, I'm flattered.
What's your major?

I'm majoring in biology, with minors in chemistry and geology. Used to be cell biology and limnology, but that seemed a little too bizarre a combination. And every other woman I've ever met with a penchant for the microscopic has been a total asshole, probably to deter me from pursuing that career path. So now I'm doing ecology and rocks.
What about you? Your classes look a lot more intriguing than mine, at any rate.

Well, my classes are only intriguing because I have no idea what I want to major in. At this point I'm just taking the classes that sound interesting to me and fit general education requirements. After this semester (Fall 03), I'll have enough credits to be a sophomore, so I guess when I choose classes for Fall 04 I'll have to start really thinking about what I want to study...

When I first came to this university, I had already gotten 26 credits of generals out of the way (I was one of the first people in Minnesota to have been awarded the AP Scholar with Honor award). After this semester, I only have one more general class to take. It must be nice to be able to take a diverse array of courses, eh? I never had a truly "undecided" moment in my college career - it was always going to be science - and in my rush to delve into the world of college biology (for the 3rd time, actually.. I did a little PSEO too), I flew right past all the generals. Now the only non-science things I'm intimately familiar with are ethnic music of the world and Russian history from 1860s-1960s.
Enjoy your liberal education while you have the chance. :-D