Cray Cray

Now that I’ve recovered from last week, LET ME TELL YOU A THING.

Last week was absolutely crazy.  I’m actually surprised that I managed to average about 6.25 hours of sleep each night because I had so much due.  For labs, I had a formal lab report and two informal post labs, plus 3 pre-labs to hand in. I had a Phys chem midterm, which I thought I had done an epic fail on, but it turned out that I got 80%, a Sociology quiz, and a Analytical Chem midterm.  ON TOP OF THAT, I had a bunch of Sociology readings to do, so that I would have a hope in heck that I would actually know what on earth I was saying in the quiz (by the way, multiple choice tests are a god send), and I had more readings to do for organic chemistry 3 so that I would have an inkling as to what I was talking about.  However, as soon as the class collectively started talking about the topic, I realized that not only did I know nothing, but the class as a whole had no clue what we were doing….and the prof was all like: YOU MUST FIND THIS ON YOUR OWN, PADAWANS.  I WILL ONLY TELL YOU GUYS WHEN YOU’RE BEING RETARDS.  I’m finding that I don’t really like it when the prof does that because I don’t even feel like an adulty enough adult to figure this complicated stuff that should be easy–BUT IT IS NOT.  We were basically talking about why Azulene was blue and man the class struggled with a question that should have been simple but it was not.  I feel like I’m going to develop a passionate love/hate relationship with molecular orbital theory; it explains everything!  But it is such a pain because it gets really complicated really fast.
ie/ First year Molecular orbital theory:

Second year molecular orbital theory:

The one above is even still simple enough that humans can do it…anything more complicated than this probably has to be done by a computer.  By the way, molecular orbital theory isn’t just about drawing a bunch of lines, you have to understand the energy levels and what shape the lobes are and what promoting electrons between orbitals will all mean…etc.

Thank goodness it’s reading break right now, or else I’d probably go even more insane then I already am.

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The sarcasm roll

In this past week, I feel like I’ve been going on a sarcastic roll, and either it’s started because I want to drown myself in nutella because midterms are coming up fast, or because of that whole “art History is pointless” scene where I educated my prof. Actually I probably didn’t educate demon prof because she’s a really stubborn person who will resist change as long as she’s alive.

Seriously.  Demon prof was teaching my Physical Chem class about enzymes, and for some reason she mentioned that whenever she sees the ending “ase” she shudders and I almost raised my hand and asked if she hated mayonnaise.  I didn’t because earlier in that class a guys phone went off and it was playing “Carry On My Wayward Son” so I was in the corner going:

Meanwhile demon prof scolded the guy and she was all like “Did you even attend the first class when I covered cellphones??”
Guy: “probably not”

Another instance in my sarcasm roll is that one day a bio prof came into my O Chem 3 class to do a peer evaluation for my O Chem prof and she was all like “Sorry! I’m crashing your guy’s party!”
Me: “Are you even certified in party crashing?”
I only said that loud enough for my friend to hear and she started laughing.

Later in that same class, my O Chem prof was all like “If you open a can of pop why does carbon dioxide go out and never come back into the can?”
I was just about to say “It just wants to be FREE” but then somebody said the correct answer which was entropy.

ADDITIONALLY, today my O chem prof went over the molecular orbital theory for methane.  There’s only 3 people in that O chem class that has taken enough Inorganic Chem to already know what goes on and two of them were apparently grinning, because the prof noticed them looking at each other and smiling. Meanwhile I assumed that I must have had a terrified look on my face because I had tried so hard to suppress the memories of all my Inorganic Chem classes.  Anyways, so my O Chem prof said “GUESS WHAT!  You know how in first year we told you that all of the bonds in methane are the same?  WE LIED AND MOLECULAR ORBITAL THEORY PROVES THAT WE LIED!”

Then, later when he was wrapping up the methane molecular orbital theory slide, my o chem prof was all like “NOW! What’s the big take away from this slide?”
Me: *quietly* “That you lied.”

The Battle Continues

Okay so from the title you already know this is going to be about that one demon prof that taught me Transition Metals.

There’s this thing that said demon prof does…or rather doesn’t do.  For Inorganic Chem 1, 2 and Transition Metals she has never posted any answers to any of her sample midterms or finals.  So I finally had enough of it the other day and I asked her “Hey, can you just explain to me why you never post the answers to the sample material?”

This is almost word for word what she told me: “I don’t post the answers because it can better simulate the mystery that happens when you’re actually taking the test. You won’t know if you have questions right or wrong when you’re actually writing it.”

I’m sure this was my facial expression:

Believe me I argued as much as I could without doing any potential damage to my marks. I told her that not knowing if I was doing something right or wrong does not help me or anyone study for a test.  Unfortunately, the farthest I got with her was “I see your point…but I’m still not going to post the answers.”

I am surprised that I didn’t walk to the nearest wall and start smashing my head into it….or go like this:

Also, the worst part is that because I probably looked like I was screaming internally, my demon prof was laughing throughout the entire conversation.

So two can play at this game.  Well okay, I can’t really participate in this game, because I’m sure that my marks will probably suffer if I participate too enthusiastically.

Anyways, so fast forwards to today in my lab–which is turning into 3 hours where demon prof has to deal with me and my shinanegans.

So I heard demon prof saying to another student “I don’t even know what’s the point of Art History” and because of my Art minor, as soon as she said “Art” I was all like:

And I was all like “NOW HOLD ON ONE SECOND. ART HISTORY IS SO IMPORTANT.”

Demon prof: “It’s just paintings though”

Me: “BUT THERE ARE SYMBOLS IN THOSE PAINTING THAT YOU HAVE TO INTERPRET AND YOU CAN EVEN TELL EXACTLY WHAT FAMILY COMMISSION THE PAINTING AND–“

I was about to launch into my Medici and oranges speech but my prof was like “Okay, okay, I made a mistake saying that around you”

Damn straight you did make a mistake.  If she EVER happens to mention art again I am going to have a heyday and SHE WILL RECEIVE MY FULL WRATH IN THE NAME OF ART.

Winter 2015 begins

Oh my lord!  I had my first Organic Chem 3 lecture yesterday and my awesome prof talked about his son, who I call Stormagedon (Dark Lord of All), and his infant daughter.  I’ve decided that I’m going to call his daughter M, not because her name starts with a M, but because (Judi Dench’s) M from James Bond was a bad ass and also controlled MI6; while this kid obviously doesn’t control MI6, she clearly already controls my prof (she’s not even a year old, btw).  My prof opened the first day of class with a little story about his two kids and how he slammed the front door and was all like “Santa was just here!!” and Stormagedon was running around looking for Santa.  It’s just so adorable!!  It’s also beautiful to see how much my prof loves his kids.

In other news my printer choked and almost died on some Organic Chem 3 notes.  I’m not sure if I should take that as an omen of whats to come.  It didn’t help that it happened before my first O chem 3 class, and also my prof had to make the “don’t panic quite yet” speech because our labs are now worth the same weight as our midterms.  Which, granted that’s about 12.5 %, but when profs say something is worth the same as midterms, I start panicking and questioning my life choices.  Like why on earth did I choose a Chemistry major?  However, the answer is really easy: I got bored of biology, didn’t want to be a math and physics major (you can’t just major in one at my uni for math and physics), and I thought I would be blowing stuff up at this point in my academic career if I chose a Chem major.  But my disappointment in not being able to blow something up or even set something on fire is apparently typical of chemists because I’ve heard people say that chemists are never truly happy unless something is on fire…That pretty much describes about 80% of my personality.

Finally, I created a monster when I told my friends to re-imagine Macbeth, but taking death as one would in the (music) Baroque sense.  I hadn’t realized what I had created until my two friends started talking about some of the deaths in that play and then I was like “WHAT HAVE I DONE?!”

It’s over…It’s finally over…

I got my mark for Trans Metals on the evening of the 24th and I passed!!  Transitions Metals is over…after a year and a half the string of 3 inorganic chemistry classes is finally done…

I would say my prof’s reign of terror is over, but unfortunately, it’s not. I imagine this is how my prof will be spending her winter break.

As was mentioned previously in my transition metals rant, I did not understand her last few lecture at all, but I had thought it was just me.  I ended up talking to the other girls in my class and they were all like “yeah that all went completely over my head.”  I was really relieved that I wasn’t the only one that had no clue what was going on, but at the same time I’m wondering what on earth was going through my profs brain.

But oh well.  I am done all my inorganic chemistry classes, and I will most likely be suppressing the memories of those classes for the rest of my life.

Now I have to face Physical chemistry with the same prof…but at least it’s a 200 level class and not a 300 level class (which was what Trans Metals was)!

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas or at least a good couple of days of shopping because of all the sales going on.  I had a great time goofing off with my siblings as well as annoying them and visiting with my parents.

I am looking forward to 2015, and the challenges that will be coming with it…namely THIS:

3rd year winter schedule

Having 3 labs will definitely be interesting to say the least…but I will appreciate April even more when labs are finished.

I hope everyone has an awesome New Years!

Transition Metals Rant

You know what I REALLY dislike?  The fact that I forget every time that after prof evaluations are done, they have free range to be assholes because nothing matters for classes anymore.  If you’ve been following this blog, you might have an inkling that I’m talking about my Transition Metals prof.

For example: before evaluations, my entire Transition Metals class (all four of us) had to give presentations on papers written by inorganic chemists who work with mainly transition metals.  I ended up kamikaze-ing my presentation and  based on my solid 82% and the comments I received such as: “your slides were well prepared with lots of figures.  The inclusion of the videos (they were actually gifs) during your question break was a good idea” … “the audience thought your presentation was fun and they liked the real-world application” I think I freaken showed that prof EXACTLY HOW YOU FREAKEN LECTURE AND MAKE CHEMISTRY INTERESTING AND NOT MORE COMPLICATED THAN IT NEEDS TO BE.

I kind of was marching to my own beat in that presentation because:

A) We weren’t supposed to have question periods in the middle of our presentations, rather we were supposed to have them at the very end.  However, since I was 1000% done with that prof I TOLD her I was going to have question periods in the middle to break up my presentation.

B) I essentially said “fuck it” to formality by including gifs, but I didn’t want to be boring.  Honestly, my paper that I chose was basically like “we synthesized this catalyst to see what it does for shits and giggles…and also because there’s nothing on asymmetrically substituted di N-heterocyclic carbene Pd(II) complexes.”  So it was a pretty simplistic paper.  I had to spruce it up SOMEHOW…so gifs from tumblr it was!

Anyways.  Point is that despite me outright ignoring some of this prof’s guidelines, she gave me some good feedback.  Now some of you may feel like I’m being too harsh on this prof.  NO, I AM NOT, because after evaluations were finished she proceeded to give the most confusing lecture on magnetism–which should have been pretty simple–but this prof decided to give us 4-5 formulas, which she inadequately explained with ZERO examples, but she mentioned “oh by the way you’ll have to know which formula to use and when for the final”.  I’m not even sure why she gave us some of the formulas because she just ended up manipulating some of the formulas to give different formulas.  Like do I use the original formula that you gave us?

and she did her usual “Any questions?” thing and I was like:

and of course all the smart people did their usual silence and the prof was like “Alright! Everyone understood it!”  Meanwhile, I’m like:

Seriously, when I think of this prof sitting in her office or being at home, this is what I picture her as:

“Hehehe how ELSE can I mentally break these students.  Particularly that one who looks like she’s 1000% done with this class.”

After the magnetism lecture she proceeded to K.O. my brain with different types of NMR–and it wasn’t the easy proton NMR–no we’re WAAAY past that.  We’re onto freaken F, P, and B NMR.  WHO USES BORON NMR????  Once again, she made that crap complicated and paired it up with either crappy examples or no examples at all.

Also, I am just so done with this class because all semester felt like we were learning non practical things that not even the chick hoping to get into scientific research would use.  I think the only thing I might be able to do with this information is bore my future enemies to death.  Luckily the final exam for this class is Tuesday, so all this suffering will be over soon.

Ok.  End of finals-stress-induced rant.

Smart Drugs

I don’t know how it took me until my 3rd year in university to find out about “Smart drugs” or memory enhancing drugs or whatever you want to call them.  Actually, the only reason I know of these things is because I know a nursing student who is like a walking encyclopedia of drugs and random information.  They sound like little miracles in pill form–especially since Finals Week is imminent.  However, just for kicks I was reading about them and some of the side affects were that they can be addictive, and since they allow you to go without sleep for a long period of time that’s probably bad for your brain in the long run.

Surprisingly, those side effects aren’t what made me stop investigating these drugs even for kicks.  I mean the whole sleep thing didn’t really bother me because I usually go like 2-3 weeks on 5 hours of sleep per night and then I have 1 day where I just crash and end up sleeping for 16 hours in total.  For the “can be addictive” I asked the nursing student who said that it’s different for everyone.  Some people do get addicted, others don’t.  What side effect bothered me the most was this potential loss for creativity and taking these without contacting a doctor can lead to serious problems depending on the medication you’re taking and your health condition.  If you want to see the article where I read this, it is right here.

While it is tempting, and I don’t take that many other drugs, but I’d rather not lose my creativity be it artistic or in problem solving.  Also I watched Limitless and I do not want people coming after me for drugs if I get some.  Obviously, there are better, less potentially dangerous ways to attempt to boost your concentration or get stuff done, such as:

  • My favorite is writing out schedules of how my day will proceed/ what I’m going to do.  The only problem that I’ve had with that is that I overestimate my ability to get stuff done and I don’t always complete my list.
  • Prioritize tasks- what is the stuff that you REALLY need to get done.  Like you might die if you don’t get them done TODAY.
  • Take time to chill –  I usually hook my chill time up to meal times so I can take 1 hr long meal breaks instead of 30 min food breaks.
  • Write down EVERYTHING.  This seriously helps me so much, because if I don’t write something down, I am doomed to forget all about it.

Just some suggestions.  Also, if you’re in uni, I’m going to assume whatever students association you have runs a sort of wellness week–TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THAT.  I did and I got to pet dogs and kittens–best stress buster of all time.  I had so much trouble not just squealing in pure joy because they were all so cute.