You’d think that “freshman” biology and chemistry would be rather easy. Biology, maybe. Chemistry…DEBATABLE!
I can probably blame some of this on the fact that my teacher doesn’t teach and that the TA in lab doesn’t explain ANYTHING well. Just because we’re premed, pre-dent, pre-nursing, and pre-vet doesn’t mean we’re geniuses and we shouldn’t be treated badly when we have questions.
And you should learn how to provide us with explanations and answers when we’re confused.
Chemistry thus far is a lot of memorization and fundamental conversions, grams to moles, moles to atoms (6.022 x 10^23) and other conversions within the SI measurements. It’s not difficult, but the teachers should actually learn how to profess their craft.
I have no complaints about Biology aka my FAVORITE subject. I suppose that’s it for now. Just needed to vent.
For all of those hopefuls who will be applying to med school in the future, Kaplan Test Prep is offering a live, 2-hour event on Monday May 7. Medical School Insider is an annual live discussion hosted by some of the nation’s (US) medical school admissions deans, counselors, and directors.
Everybody has heard of anecdotal information regarding medical school admissions, from the application process to interviews. This discussion will help you gather a better insight to your personal situation because you will be able to submit your questions during the event.
This is a rare opportunity to get to speak to an actual Dean of Admissions, and everyone interested in applying to med school should seize it! Although each school is different, this will indeed by very helpful for all us hopefuls!
New Orleans is an ever-expanding, striving city, as evidenced by the flock of entrepreneurs, startups, and Hollywood businesses that continue to move to NOLA every year. This has created such a dynamic and influential environment, and it will just keep getting better.
Although not particularly influenced by the entrepreneurial growth of New Orleans, the new University Medical Center will definitely impact the city greatly. The hospital will create more than 19,000 permanent jobs and put South Louisiana near the top in trauma care, educational centers, and cutting-edge biotechnology. The new VA Medical Center will be on-site, as well as a replacement for Charity Hospital which presently sits in disuse.
I. Am. Such. A nerd.
Seriously, though - look how beautiful this building is? The contemporary architecture, the atriums, the courtyards - everything is so so cool! Environments like this are conducive to healing and learning.
The new University Medical Center will become the flagship hospital of NOLA’s Hospital (Biomedical) District, which includes the former Charity Hospital, the present University Hospital, VA Hospital, and Tulane Medical Center among other clinics, laboratories, and medical schools (LSUHSC and Tulane Medical School). The UMC will be an educational joint effort with local universities, including LSU, Tulane, and Xavier - training med, pharm, and dent students as well as those in allied health, nursing, and public health professions.
I stayed up until like 2am reading all about the medical center, its goals, and how the plans came about. Basically I geeked out, and it hasn’t quite stopped. The UMC is expected to be completed in late 2013, which means by MS1 2014, I will be among the first students to use the medical center! AH! Cannot WAIT!
Prior to UNO, I attended a private, Liberal Arts college in New Orleans. I was so used to the faculty and staff being willing and helpful, I had just assumed that most universities and colleges were like this. Not the case.
A local community college, Delgado, has a terrible reputation to begin with, but the staff (I cannot speak for the faculty as I’ve not had any experience with them) was rude, crass, and mean. I was only going to take some classes there to supplement my interest in biological sciences. I was charged a double fee for my application, which I had to argue my way through. After waiting 5 minutes for the ‘busy’ (she was sewing) admissions administrator to acknowledge me, I was rudely informed that students were NOT allowed into the admissions office unless they went to the “help desk” first (which is a terrible cluster of madness). I was so baffled and bewildered by my short experience there, that I decided not to go at all.
However, UNO has proved so far to be a similar experience to my private university. Everyone is so helpful and nice, and are willing to point me in the right direction when I’m confused or missing paperwork. It’s a struggle getting used to everything when attending a new school, but hearing the administrator of the Physics department endearingly call you “turkey,” you can’t help but smile. Because of all this, I was able to seamlessly build my schedule for Summer and Fall 12. I’ve never been more ready!
By the way, my fall schedule is both exciting and cringeworthy!