Friday, June 13th was the last day of the spring 2014 quarter! I’m relieved that recent distractions haven’t negatively impacted my academics.
I began the quarter as part of the in-danger-of-failing group in the second installment of the organic chemistry series. I scored 20% below average on the first midterm. Throughout the quarter, I worried myself with thoughts of having to cancel study abroad plans and, in addition to that, spend an extra $1200 to retake 112B over the summer. Even more discouraging was that I did study for the midterm. I thought, if I studied and still choked, then I’d be lucky to narrowly pass the class with a C. Three weeks later, I took the second midterm and came out with a score that bumped me up to the 50th percentile in rank. By the time finals came around, I taught myself to take breaks in between study sessions and even took a full day off (wow). It worked magic. It’s a reminder that failing one midterm doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. It doesn’t jeopardize my chances of doing well in the class overall.
I know The Dean’s List isn’t a big deal for a lot of my friends because they’ve never been off it… but I’m really proud to be on the list this quarter having took physics, ochem, and genetics. It’s reassuring to know that I’m capable of doing well.
This summer I’m taking the final installment of the series. My first midterm is this Monday! Better get to studying.
In yesterday’s experiment, we synthesized nylon. Funnest lab yet! I thought I wouldn’t get any product because it told us to heat the reaction at 90 degrees, but I had heated it to 95, panicked, cranked it down to 70, and forgot to put it back to 90. My solution came out yellow when it was supposed to be clear. Ironically, I ended up getting continuous strands of nylon. Even the TA said it was the most yield she’s seen so far! Woohoo