And so the Sebastian Family Christmas feat. family and Indian food and making up games to play in the hallway comes to a close. See you next year!
(Thank you for the extra motivation.)
I don’t like writing about grades, but this was an important moment for me.
Last summer, I spoke with a random adviser (it was a walk-in) about my fall 2012 schedule. As the conversation continued, she realized I was a post-bacc student (she didn’t have my file) and asked what I studied for my first degree. I said graphic design. Her tone and facial expression changed.
After mentioning how strong the university’s pre-med program was, she asked if I was able to handle everything. And I know, she probably meant well, but what bothered me was the implication (even if it wasn’t hers) that I couldn’t handle science classes because I was an art major.
My art degree is not a liability. It is an asset.
Having an art degree does not make you stupid.
Simply being pre-med does not make you smart.
I don’t like those labels, either.
I told her yes and kept her maybe-implication in the back of my mind. I used it as fuel in a busy semester. I figured this adviser wasn’t going to be the only person who would take a cursory glance at me and assume I couldn’t hack it. I made it my goal to leave no doubt about what kind of student I was.
I especially wanted to see how I would do in Organic Chemistry II, which is a large class students complain about— it’s not intrinsically hard, but bad habits will make it a weed-out course.
I had a fantastic professor and took advantage of out-of-class time whenever I could. Student grades were posted and ranked all semester outside the professor’s office. We were assigned code names, so the standings were anonymous.
The last Orgo II unit exam of the semester was earlier this month. The class’ cumulative final was last week. The final grades and standings were released a few days later.
I made perfect scores on both the most-recent test and the final. I finished ranked #1 out of 140+ students, wire-to-wire. It was the most satisfying A+ I had ever earned.
Not bad for an art major.
Back to work.