Hello, Spring 2011

So school begins again tomorrow. I’m taking Chem 102 with a professor who is reputed to be very good, and also ends up having a C median. My Chem 101 professor (who was nice, but flaky and frustrating)  slammed her. However, she was named “Educator of the year,” and I think the people who work hard in her class end up giving her good reviews. She went to a very well reputed college that is grouped with mine. She does, however, come from a fairly racist and backwards state. But because she went to a college as liberal as mine, I’m not going to judge her for being from the afore-hinted at state.

She sent out the syllabus a week before our first class (she gets points for that), and I started the homework, which is on Chemical Kinetics. I feel frustrated with myself because I’m not completing the homework as fast as I wish. Obviously I have to be better acquainted with the material, or look at a Chemistry for Dummies book.  I am so impatient. I want to know it already, so I can enjoy it. But, as always, everything takes time.

In other news, I made up flashcards for the Biology portion of the PCAT. I took Set 1 of the Dr. Collins PCAT Study Guide for Biology exam. It went better than I thought, mainly because I studied the biology packet. There are things I need to continue studying and working at, and I have my biology stuff on an online flashcard platform that is accessible through iPod Touch. I hope that by downloading the app, I can get to my already existing flashcards.

I also came across some disappointing and confusing news. The PCAT, in 2011, will be in a new format. They’ve gone for computer-based testing. I know everyone likes thinking they’re modern and feel like they must adapt whatever they’re doing to utilize modern conveniences, but I wish that Pearson could give people a break. I am stick of looking at a computer screen. It would have been great to actually touch the test.

Furthermore, the traditional June PCAT is no more, and it will not be on a Saturday. I’m supposed to take Physics this summer. They’re offering it on July 20th and July 27th. Those are the only dates they give after February. I’m sort of confused there isn’t more chatter about this on the SDN PCAT forum. I didn’t see any whining or moaning about it, and I would like to, because it’s sort of a pain. I have expectations, darn it, and I don’t know if they get that taking it in July is a pain if someone wants to apply ED somewhere.

I have other questions that I’m not sure about asking. When do I create a PharmCAS profile? Presumably after I take the PCAT. Oh, and I have to figure out who to ask for a recommendation from. Presumably my Microbiology professor. But who else? I don’t want to bring attention to the fact that I took Biology and A&P online. I should ask my Chem 101 prof, but I find her frustrating. I’ll see if I can do well enough in Chem 102 that my prof, who will not disgrace me with misspellings  (being a graduate of a college with a good reputation), will do it. Of course, that puts the pressure on. Must do extremely well on exams and quizzes.

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