Final final tomorrow

This hasn’t been a slam dunk semester. I took my Chem 102 final exam this morning. I did that stupid thing where I stayed up all night long (rested for an hour), but it was okay. I couldn’t think of the symbol for mercury (Hg), and that’s embarrassing.

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Blah-iology Lab Exam 1

So far this week, I’ve had a quiz for Chemistry lab and an exam in Biology Lab. I have a quiz for Chemistry lecture tomorrow morning.

My Bio Lab Exam was blah. I actually went to bed at 3 am early this morning and semi-slept/rested until 8:30-ish a.m. I made flashcards online, practiced them, and added to reference note sheets.

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I ended up with an 85.5 on my first Chemistry exam. I now have to study for my Chem Lab Quiz on Monday, Biology Lab exam which will take place Tuesday. and a Chemistry Quiz on Wednesday.

I started studying for the Bio Lab exam, but I’m vague about what I need to know. So I started on my Chem homework now. I was confused with the last Chem Lab we did, so I think I probably need to go in to the tutoring center early Monday and redo it.


When you take college chemistry at my school, you’re required to take a discussion course. My professor grades us during discussion for working on a problem set (1 worksheet) together as a group. I usually work with people who seem alive and alert and aware. This week, she assigned us groups. I dealt with two students who didn’t know how to do extremely basic algebra, and one student who seemed scared and lost. I was beyond annoyed. I snapped at them. She’d literally just given a lecture a little more than an hour ago and spoon-fed us the problem solving techniques. It’s basic algebra. I’m not helping people who have nothing to offer me.

Which is mean and unkind, and I wish I had more patience. I don’t know if I do or if it’s weird that I don’t. I’ll have to ask.

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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.