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Biology and Chemistry Class....How was it?
Posted 7/23/12
I did biology. I've always had an interest in science, but after doing it in college I began to lose interest in them very fast. There were some lessons that were fun and some lessons that was just sitting down and nailing the work, I was ok with that. It was just something about the certain areas of it that wasn't ticking the boxes for me.

Yes, I am talking in past tense. I dropped out of college.
Posted 7/23/12
They're on the bottom of the ladder for me. And curse that periodic table of elements.


Winterfells wrote:

I love Chemistry and Biology, those classes taught me so much about the natural world and what laws govern it, how life and nature operates, etc.

Labs were pretty long, exhausting, and brutal but incredibly satisfying once you finished them successfully and understood the concepts being experimented upon.

If I wasn't a Business major I would have probably majored in a scientific discipline like Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geology, Astronomy, etc. Honestly, I would have but for most scientific majors you have to undertake more schooling in order to be qualified for the "good jobs." This means getting a Master's or Doctorate. I couldn't afford additional schooling at the time, already in debt, and wanted to find a major that qualified me for a good job quickly so I could start earning money.


I believe 4 years to get a master of chemistry or physics would most likely give a person a good head start in the professional world. With physics you have numerous paths, like banking and pretty much anything with numbers. I plan to be working full-time while in university, so I don't think I'll be surrounded by debts. But drowning in debts or not, if I still want to pursue an academic career by the end of my degree, I'm definitely taking it. Once you leave education, there's really not much motivation to go back, until later in life.
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Posted 7/23/12

negan wrote:

I believe 4 years to get a master of chemistry or physics would most likely give a person a good head start in the professional world. With physics you have numerous paths, like banking and pretty much anything with numbers. I plan to be working full-time while in university, so I don't think I'll be surrounded by debts. But drowning in debts or not, if I still want to pursue an academic career by the end of my degree, I'm definitely taking it. Once you leave education, there's really not much motivation to go back, until later in life.


It would have been great if at the time I was able to afford 2, 4, or 8 more years of graduate education.

Most of my life growing up I was pretty poor. My family didn't earn enough to live comfortably, but still had just enough income to "scrape" by and be ineligible for most government aid programs.

I pulled out a lot of loans and worked part-time to finance college but it wasn't easy, I won't lie. One of my major goals was to get out of college with the ability to find a good job and start earning a decent salary so that I could pay off my student loans and actually be able to afford the luxuries in life.

The nice thing about majors like Engineering and Business is that a 4-year bachelor's degree is enough (not always, but generally true) for you to find a good job in that field. For instance, my uncle was hired by Boeing as an electrical engineer and is paid 80k a year for just 4 years of EE undergraduate schooling.

To get the "good jobs" in the science fields, and definitely if you want a competitive salary, you can't expect to graduate with a bachelor degree and expect to find a well-paying, interesting job. You need at minimum a Master's I would say. Whether you want to get into research or academia, there are so many other qualified people competing for entry-level jobs it's hard to get hired. Many of these people have published papers in scientific journals, volunteered at multiple labs, etc.

I do agree though, once you leave school, 9/10 times you won't really be able to come back and pick up where you left off. People will lose motivation, or the material is so rusty in their head they'll have to relearn everything.
Posted 7/23/12

Winterfells wrote:

I do agree though, once you leave school, 9/10 times you won't really be able to come back and pick up where you left off. People will lose motivation, or the material is so rusty in their head they'll have to relearn everything.


Interesting, I had the wrong opinion about you. Planning to go back someday?
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Posted 7/23/12

negan wrote:

Interesting, I had the wrong opinion about you. Planning to go back someday?


Haha, I figured. I bet your opinion wasn't flattering. Most people generally categorize me as a huge brainless douchebag. Some of it deserved probably. :(

I do plan on going back to college someday. Probably once I'm old and retired, I'll audit some classes that I've always wanted to take but couldn't fit into my schedule. Taking upper-level theoretical science courses would be so fucking awesome, or classes like Greek Mythology, Medieval Culture and History, Psychology of Women, Philosophy, etc. would really satisfy my intellectual boner.
Posted 7/23/12

Winterfells wrote:

Taking upper-level theoretical science courses would be so fucking awesome, or classes like Greek Mythology, Medieval Culture and History, Psychology of Women, Philosophy, etc. would really satisfy my intellectual boner.


Nah, my opinion wasn't anything nearly as bad. Psychology of women? That sounds like an endless topic. I'd go for theoretical physics. Now that is the most mind blowing thing in science.
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negan wrote:

Nah, my opinion wasn't anything nearly as bad. Psychology of women? That sounds like an endless topic. I'd go for theoretical physics. Now that is the most mind blowing thing in science.


Oh my, even though back in college I could only fit in the intro physics series into my schedule, I've always had a passion for physics. I get lost on Wikipedia looking up material on theoretical physics lol.

Most of it goes over my head because I haven't had the proper math or physics background, but I try to glean as much as I can.

Some physicists believe that the Universe is a 3-D projection of 2-D data, essentially that what we perceive as reality is a hologram. Some physicists believe that the "material" objects that become consumed by black holes become preserved as "digital" data embedded on the surface of the black holes themselves. White Holes, Dark Energy, Wormholes, Schrodinger's Cat, Time Dilation, I could get lost in this for months, being entertained the whole time, learning something new, but never fully understanding it.

Understanding the rules by which our reality and Universe works is always appealing to me. Although it's kind of depressing to also realize that I'll likely never know all the answers I want to find. XD
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Posted 7/23/12
I'm taking the high school level of both of these courses, in addition to math, in the fall. Things didn't go as planned, the first time around ..
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Posted 7/23/12
horrible
science was a horrible subject for me

but now that im a veterinary technician, i want to go back to school and get the degree for it, and i have to take biology. i think i can handle it this time around. since it involves something im really interested in
Posted 7/23/12
Epic , especially Biology
I had a private tutor in biology and she was HOT
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Posted 8/10/12
Chemistry is fine but Biology is a curse.
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Posted 8/10/12
Nothing memorable about my biology class, but for chemistry, I remember there was this one time when we were boiling something and it's supposed to produce some gas - was it sulphur dioxide? I really forgot.. Anyway my lab partner boiled the test-tube while pointing the tip in my direction. Thanks to his "ingenuity" I ended up inhaling the gas that was produced and as a result I was choking up really hard. Thanks for the memory buddy.....
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Posted 8/26/12
Love chem hate bio
Posted 8/27/12 , edited 8/27/12
Both were boring in high school, chemistry at least more interest in college and university. Biology, however, has been boring every time. Passed both.
Posted 8/27/12
Bio was easy, I nearly failed chem
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