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Title: That time of year again...
Post by: raacheeel on August 14, 2011, 08:40:26 pm
School is starting up again....anyone else in a blaaah mood about it or actually happy about it? haha just curious to see if any nessholics are starting up school soon and share their "pain of their histories".
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: beautydivine on August 14, 2011, 08:54:06 pm
I know it makes me look loser-ish for commenting shortly after it was posted (ha ha), but anyways, I've been in summer school this summer with breaks in between. So I'll say that I'm happy to go back to school. I move back into my dorm on my birthday. Ecstatic  ;) (not) What about you?
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: Onyx on August 14, 2011, 08:57:12 pm
I am excited that school is starting soon! Mainly because i'm taking a piano class. I dropped band for that class, I didn't even get the class last year. Hopfully I will this year....I better...
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: raacheeel on August 14, 2011, 09:07:23 pm
I'm actually transferring to a new school so it's going to be interesting and terrified because im going from a semester to a quarter system, just because of the fast pace. Not to mention that I'm taking organic chem and physics, yeaaah no big deal psssssh haha OH and technically i don't start til september 22 x) jealous much?

@pupmagic - don't worry about it no losers here. haha not bad i'm sure you did fine in your summer classes

@Onyx - haha what kind of piano class? is it like theory or just learning to play?
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: Onyx on August 14, 2011, 09:31:01 pm
I'm actually transferring to a new school so it's going to be interesting and terrified because im going from a semester to a quarter system, just because of the fast pace. Not to mention that I'm taking organic chem and physics, yeaaah no big deal psssssh haha OH and technically i don't start til september 22 x) jealous much?

@pupmagic - don't worry about it no losers here. haha not bad i'm sure you did fine in your summer classes

@Onyx - haha what kind of piano class? is it like theory or just learning to play?
I have the registration book by me. Part of the description is: "Learn to play in a jazz, blues, classical style, and more. Basic Skills in piano technique, music theory, and music arranging will also be taught. Class opened for begginers and advanced students. Students considering taking private lessons should take this class."

So I guess both?

Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: raacheeel on August 14, 2011, 09:35:01 pm
Haha sounds like a lot! how many units is the class?
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: beautydivine on August 14, 2011, 09:39:32 pm
I'm actually transferring to a new school so it's going to be interesting and terrified because im going from a semester to a quarter system, just because of the fast pace. Not to mention that I'm taking organic chem and physics, yeaaah no big deal psssssh haha OH and technically i don't start til september 22 x) jealous much?

@pupmagic - don't worry about it no losers here. haha not bad i'm sure you did fine in your summer classes

@Onyx - haha what kind of piano class? is it like theory or just learning to play?

Transferring is never easy : / It can be quite the transition.. I wish you luck! Oh no wonder you're starting later in Sep like me : ) The benefits of quarter systems! It'll definitely move by faster, but I'm confident that you'll do well nonetheless! Just remember that procrastinating is your enemy (as always) If it comforts you, I'm starting ochem and biology, so we're both stuck with two science classes. Lovely, isn't it? Haha. We'll be fine. And sure, a little jealous :P

And thank you! I have an A in my first class, hoping the same for these two classes I'm tackling. Gotta love poetry and classical music

Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: Onyx on August 14, 2011, 09:44:01 pm
It is one trimester. It used to be two last year and that is why I had to drop band. I wanted to take band, german, and piano but they all didn't fit in my schedule... So I choose to drop band AND THEN I DIDN'T EVEN GET THE CLASS! I it was one trimester before then it would have all fit, but nooooo.

lol, sorry, I'm kinda p-oed at my school. They have strict rules about changing your schedule.
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: raacheeel on August 14, 2011, 09:44:06 pm
haha where do you go, if you don't mind me asking? I'm going to ucsd in the fall. Yeah i hope so too. I'm going to be competing against hella smart people. So no more messing around on the weekends study study study! booooo. lol
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: raacheeel on August 14, 2011, 09:45:21 pm
It is one trimester. It used to be two last year and that is why I had to drop band. I wanted to take band, german, and piano but they all didn't fit in my schedule... So I choose to drop band AND THEN I DIDN'T EVEN GET THE CLASS! I it was one trimester before then it would have all fit, but nooooo.

lol, sorry, I'm kinda p-oed at my school. They have strict rules about changing your schedule.

haha aww that sucks! well at least you're taking it now :)
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: beautydivine on August 14, 2011, 09:54:32 pm
That is crazy! I go to UCSC, another little forest hippy .. haha. Congrats on sd! Excellent UC, especially for engineering majors (science in general). I'm a Human Bio major, by the way. How about you?

Definitely. Well, "less" rendezvous-ing and partying. : ) You can do it.
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: raacheeel on August 14, 2011, 10:07:55 pm
haha thanks! I was pretty excited when i got my acceptance. and heck yeah lol SD is like a science/ research kingdom haha cut throat asians :/
yeah no effing around this time! but there will be definitely partying after mid-terms and what not.
do you plan to go to med school?
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: matchel on August 15, 2011, 09:19:33 am
It is one trimester. It used to be two last year and that is why I had to drop band. I wanted to take band, german, and piano but they all didn't fit in my schedule... So I choose to drop band AND THEN I DIDN'T EVEN GET THE CLASS! I it was one trimester before then it would have all fit, but nooooo.

lol, sorry, I'm kinda p-oed at my school. They have strict rules about changing your schedule.

I hear you. In my freshman year, I was looking so forward to taking French and whatnot. However, it was a decision between French or band. I took band mainly because it substituted PE, and I despise PE haha
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: Sini on August 17, 2011, 04:25:23 am
For once I'm actually really excited about school starting up 'cause I got into a great university ;D
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: joey on August 17, 2011, 06:23:46 am
I hate all you kids. I'm into my third year as a "working adult" and I MISS SCHOOL SO BLOODY BADLY.

I wanna turn back time.

(This is very synonymous to the lyrics of Carousel "Time won't wait and you'll be late... White Rabbits on the run" or More Than This "e sail through our youth so impatiently".)
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: raacheeel on August 17, 2011, 09:46:49 am
@Sini - haha congrats!! where did you get your acceptance?

@joey - haha at least you're MAKING money, and i agree with the More Than This reference...that's actually my favorite line of hers.
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: beautydivine on August 17, 2011, 02:09:01 pm
haha thanks! I was pretty excited when i got my acceptance. and heck yeah lol SD is like a science/ research kingdom haha cut throat asians :/
yeah no effing around this time! but there will be definitely partying after mid-terms and what not.
do you plan to go to med school?

Hope so. And from there, maybe become a pediatrician! Biological clock ticks though, since I'll be a woman who wants to get married & start a family :/ So I've looking into dentistry lately.. which doesn't sound so fascinating to me. Mundane if anything.

What about you? Any aspirations?
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: tricia on August 17, 2011, 04:57:11 pm
Back to school = return of the undergrads = significantly less parking

However, it also means I'm one semester closer to that degree, so it's all good
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: raacheeel on August 17, 2011, 06:17:59 pm
haha thanks! I was pretty excited when i got my acceptance. and heck yeah lol SD is like a science/ research kingdom haha cut throat asians :/
yeah no effing around this time! but there will be definitely partying after mid-terms and what not.
do you plan to go to med school?

Hope so. And from there, maybe become a pediatrician! Biological clock ticks though, since I'll be a woman who wants to get married & start a family :/ So I've looking into dentistry lately.. which doesn't sound so fascinating to me. Mundane if anything.

What about you? Any aspirations?

UCSD is great with dentistry, sorry to say haha. I heard if you join the Pre-Dental Society and participate it's like a ticket into dental school...

As for me, I just want to finish undergrad and find a job in a lab and possibly join the navy and go to medical school through them. Right now im interning at the school of medicine and boy do they gear you to get a PhD...yeah not interested.



@tricia congrats! hope you have a good semester :) haha
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: tricia on August 17, 2011, 06:23:22 pm
PhDs aren't so bad!  I should have mine in Dec. if all goes according to plan.  You just have to pick a field you like and a good boss.  Usually you need at least a Master's to work in a lab anyway. 

Med School is always an option...just make sure you do some undergrad research in a lab.  Try to get your name on a couple of papers.  Looks very nice on that med school app!
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: raacheeel on August 17, 2011, 06:29:30 pm
You're getting a PhD?! What are you PhD-ing in? haha
Yeah i know im in a lab now, but it's just not that appealing to me. Pipetting can get old fast. im in the process looking for another lab to work for during the school year (if i can get funding). as for papers, yeah theyre basically your ticket into grad school. AHHHH overwhelming lolol oh well work hard play hard! :)
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: tricia on August 18, 2011, 02:43:37 am
Microbiology ;)
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: Sini on August 18, 2011, 04:04:21 am
@Sini - haha congrats!! where did you get your acceptance?

University of Helsinki, thanks! :) Congrats to you too :D
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: raacheeel on August 18, 2011, 09:00:38 am
Microbiology ;)


OMGGG total jelly! hahah congratulations if you don't mind me asking what did you do your research on?
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: tricia on August 18, 2011, 09:35:19 am
Microbiology ;)


OMGGG total jelly! hahah congratulations if you don't mind me asking what did you do your research on?

I study a specific metabolic pathway of Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease.  I also have taken on a side project looking at protein expression profiles in response to supplemental concentrations of solutes in the growth medium.

Good times.

I'm working now on looking for post-docs.  It's tough to find a lab where I like the work and they are hiring at the moment.  If you know anyone at UCSD, let me know. ;)  My little brother lives there.
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: shinesobright07 on August 18, 2011, 09:03:43 pm
I'm excited! 12th grade, last year in high school!!
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: Patricius on August 18, 2011, 09:42:04 pm
Hm... It's my first year of college, and although I already have college credit and I've been told that I'm ready, I'm still nervous. So, I'm like a combination of "blaaaaah" with "whoo college, time to go to upenn and get drunk or high." yeah.
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: raacheeel on August 18, 2011, 11:13:14 pm
Microbiology ;)


OMGGG total jelly! hahah congratulations if you don't mind me asking what did you do your research on?

I study a specific metabolic pathway of Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease.  I also have taken on a side project looking at protein expression profiles in response to supplemental concentrations of solutes in the growth medium.

Good times.

I'm working now on looking for post-docs.  It's tough to find a lab where I like the work and they are hiring at the moment.  If you know anyone at UCSD, let me know. ;)  My little brother lives there.

wow sounds super interesting! what sparked that interest? the internship im in right now wants us to get PhDs. i'm not sure if i even want one because i don't know what i'd "research" in.

as for UCSD, i'm sure there's a lot of labs you can find work. i'm in the process of finding a lab myself but i need to find a program who can fund me :/

@Patricius: i would say balance out the partying and studying...besides you have like 3 years and a semester to make up for this possibly bad semester haha good luck and make good decisions ;)

@shinesobright07: stay safe, and have fun and get into college haha :)
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: tricia on August 19, 2011, 06:50:32 am
I actually went in as a genetics major at UCD, but I didn't like the school, so I transferred to a different school which only had a general biology degree.  I took a bacteriology class and fell in love.  I wasn't sure if I wanted a PhD yet, but I knew I wanted more than just my BS, so I went to UOP for a Master's.  There I took Medical Microbiology, which was also fantastic and totally cemented the idea of getting a PhD.  Now, here I am!
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: AG. on August 20, 2011, 01:52:00 am
Wow, you guys, aren't we a clever fan base? I feel really little now..

I start my new sixth form in about two weeks times. I picked four a levels, you either had to be brave or, well courageous to pick 5. Hopefully, the uni rush will have calmed down in a few years, although I doubt it.

Thanks for sharing all your courses, it's really interesting to see all the different fields and walks of life of our diverse forum.
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: barefootonbeaches on August 20, 2011, 05:19:57 pm
I'm glad this thread exists. It's fun to learn what everyone else is doing!

I am excited to go back to school. It's has been a long summer, and I still have about one month left until I go back. I'm going into my second year at Cal Poly Pomona, as a General Biology major. Like most of you guys, I am considering going into research, but I really don't know WHAT I want to research either. But, like someone mentioned, I am worried that it will get boring/old fast. However, I am planning to apply for some introductory research/lab positions for next summer, so hopefully that will give me a taste of what it's actually like.

I have a question, you really don't get to choose what you research do you? Don't you just have to go along with what the professor and their lab is already doing? I mean, I know you can study anything you want once you have your PhD, but as an undergraduate, you really don't have a choice, do you? This always confuses me, haha.

AG, I've been hearing a lot about Sixth form and A levels from people on Twitter. What exactly does that mean?
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: tricia on August 20, 2011, 05:34:44 pm
It really depends on the PI.  My boss gives all undergrads their own research project, while other PIs make undergrads help grad students and postdocs.  If having your own project is important to you, you need to be upfront about that.  Once you're in the lab, if you have something you REALLY want to work on, a generous PI may let you once you're fully trained, however most students only have a basic grasp of the work being done in the lab (ie they know what organism is being studied) so they don't have the capabilities to design their own project and will just take whatever project is free.  Generally PhD students and postdocs design their own projects within the scope of the work already being done in the lab.  If I were you, I'd jump in sooner rather than later.  Most of our undergrads take at least a year to be semi-independent.
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: raacheeel on September 22, 2011, 09:22:24 pm
SCHOOL STARTED TODAY! LOL I WAS ALL NERVOUS!! For the UC's how was everyones first day?
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: beautydivine on September 22, 2011, 09:46:00 pm
SCHOOL STARTED TODAY! LOL I WAS ALL NERVOUS!! For the UC's how was everyones first day?

Wow,.. I realize I haven't replied to your last response. But anyway, my first day was quite relaxed. Everything is review at UCSC.. as for practically every school. I was a little nervous as well, thinking I'd be overwhelmed by the material-to-be-covered, labs, etc.

How was the first day for everyone else (including CSU.. East Coast University students.. etc) ?
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: barefootonbeaches on September 22, 2011, 10:41:24 pm
The first day was okay for me (at Cal Poly Pomona). I can tell it's going to be more work for me this year, as I expected, now that I'm a sophomore. I was surprisingly very nervous too!
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: AG. on September 23, 2011, 09:20:27 am
@barefootonbeaches:

Sixthform/college are two pathways after you finish high school at 16. AS Levels are completed in Y12 (age  17) usually in 4/5 subjects, and most people usually drop one and carry 3 to A-Level. Most universities use 3 A-Levels to choose applicants from.
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: raacheeel on September 25, 2011, 10:11:50 am
SCHOOL STARTED TODAY! LOL I WAS ALL NERVOUS!! For the UC's how was everyones first day?

Wow,.. I realize I haven't replied to your last response. But anyway, my first day was quite relaxed. Everything is review at UCSC.. as for practically every school. I was a little nervous as well, thinking I'd be overwhelmed by the material-to-be-covered, labs, etc.

How was the first day for everyone else (including CSU.. East Coast University students.. etc) ?

yeah it was review but...it was my first day at UC soo yeah..ive been studying ever since school started...brushing up on my chemistry and trying to find study groups and blah blah..yay for school! NOT! haha
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: beautydivine on September 25, 2011, 06:56:30 pm

yeah it was review but...it was my first day at UC soo yeah..ive been studying ever since school started...brushing up on my chemistry and trying to find study groups and blah blah..yay for school! NOT! haha

If you ever want to talk "chem" with anyone, I'm here! I took beginner's chem, and now I'm enrolled in ochem (organic chem). Fun fun..  :D But you're starting a good habit: consistent studying. It helps to read the material, take brief notes, etc. before the lecture. Your fellow UC "phantom friend" knows!  ::)
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: raacheeel on September 25, 2011, 08:27:49 pm
haha im taking ochem right now!!! my habits right now is at least 2 hours of ochem everyday :x
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: beautydivine on September 25, 2011, 09:48:33 pm
haha im taking ochem right now!!! my habits right now is at least 2 hours of ochem everyday :x

Sweet! Let's go ochemers :D And that sounds like a pretty diligent routine. I don't actually time my studying, so I keep track through chapters  :) Whatever works!
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: raacheeel on September 26, 2011, 07:30:48 am
lol well its not like i have a timer right in front of me just roughly...im not that crazy haha pshhhh
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: beautydivine on September 26, 2011, 07:54:16 am
lol well its not like i have a timer right in front of me just roughly...im not that crazy haha pshhhh

Hehe yeah, I didn't think so. It's still pretty early in the quarter, so there's no urgent need to study intensively  ;) But keeping up, that's no question.
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: raacheeel on October 18, 2011, 07:49:19 pm
So i took my first midterm.....i got raped. BOO!
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: beautydivine on October 18, 2011, 08:22:56 pm
So i took my first midterm.....i got raped. BOO!

For ochem? So did I! Took it today, very first midterm. All I have to say is that chirality is a bit more complex than it appears.  :D
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: beautydivine on December 05, 2011, 01:44:41 pm
I haven't peeked at this for a while. Good luck on finals, everyone!
Title: Re: That time of year again...
Post by: beautydivine on January 13, 2012, 05:01:33 pm
Just curious, has anyone changed his/her major recently? I switched from Human Biology to Business Management Economics.  :D