21 Things That Anyone Who Took Organic Chemistry Understands

21 Things That Anyone Who Took Organic Chemistry Understands

This Subject Gives You Alkynes Of Trouble!

Although some people genuinely enjoyed it, organic chemistry is stigmatized as the bane of every science major's curriculum. Before you actually take one or two courses in this subject, the horror stories that you've heard from those who have already taken these courses fill you with anxiety and leave you fearing the unknown. I'm not going to sugar coat it: organic chemistry is difficult but not impossible. As long as you devote enough time to study for the exams and figure out an effective study system (I used flashcards), you will be fine when it's all said and done. If you have ever taken an organic chemistry class or if you are currently taking one now, you know that there are feelings and experiences that only a past, or current, organic chemistry student understands. Here are 21 things that only someone who took, or is taking, organic chemistry understands:

1. This is what your goal of getting into medical school feels like when taking organic chemistry.

2. On the first day of lecture, this is basically what every organic chemistry professor says:

3. This is you studying for each exam:

4. This is you during each exam:

5. This is you after each exam:

6. Your reaction when you solve a synthesis problem in like 20 steps but your friend shows you that it can be solved in 2 steps:

7. During lab, you've definitely asked someone this question before: "How did you get such a high percent yield?! Wait, did you tweak your numbers?..."

8. This is you when you can't figure out that unbelievably difficult homework problem that you have been getting wrong over and over again for the past hour.

9. Your reaction to when someone complains about a class other than organic chemistry:

10. At some point you start making nerdy organic chemistry jokes.

11. Your professor nonchalantly claims that he knows how to synthesize different illegal drugs.

12. Not knowing how well you did on the exam you just finished is usually a good sign.

13. You failed your organic chemistry exam, but it was the highest grade in the class...

14. It doesn't matter if you are currently taking organic chemistry or if you have already taken organic chemistry, you instantly get a stomach ache when you see one of these:

15. You became a master at drawing hexagons.

16. That time when you knew how to answer every question on an exam except for one question, but that one question was worth 20 points...

17. Remember your nerdy excitement when an entire page of your exam was filled with questions that asked you to either draw the product(s), or reactant(s), of a reaction?

18. This is you after you finish your Organic Chemistry I final exam but quickly realize that you have to take Organic Chemistry II the following semester:

19. And this is you once you finish your Organic Chemistry II final exam:

20. Once you have had time to recuperate from all of the anxiety that those two courses gave you and realize that you did well, this is you when you realize that it all was worth it:

21.)After you are finally done with organic chemistry, this is your reaction when someone asks you to help them with their organic chemistry homework the following semester; it is also your reaction when you realize that you have to study organic chemistry again for the MCAT:

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Sometimes "Out With The Old In With The New" Isn't the Best thing

We can't lose touch of the simpler things in life


When I think about how much has changed and how much my world has developed since I was little, I get mind boggled realizing how different things are. I work at a restaurant in the city that I grew up in and I see famillies come and go for dinner every night. They all seem the same. The parents will walk in, check in with the hostesses and wait to be seated. If they're asked to wait, the kids sit by their parents sides playing on phones that are probably too young to have. I understand that waiting can get tedious and boring. By the time that they would sit down, I'd imagine that they would put down the devices and engage in some good old fashion conversation. I was wrong. It made me sad to see kids eating dinners with their families with zero interaction. When I was younger, I enjoyed the quality conversations I would have with my family when we got breaks from our all very hectic schedules. It's amazing how much technology has advanced, but sometimes, I believe that we might rely on it too much.

Seems like more and more things are becoming industrialized. Those "mom and pop" shops are closing down due to corporate companies buying the land. I have enough Walmart and Targets in a ten minute radius from me. Sure, places like these carry necessities are important, but when local Nurseries are closed down in order to build a new gas station, it just becomes sad. As things progress more, the more we lose touch of our roots. The places that make home special and different. The moments we have as a kid that don't involve a light on our face. Modernism is a powerful and amazing thing but we need to take a step back and reevaluate what we hold closest to us.

All in all, as we continue to develop, I will continue to advocate for the simpler moments and the simpler times. I don't think my kids will need iPhones right out of elementary school, I'll continue to visit the same hometown shops and give them as much business as possible, I'll always ask if he kids want coloring sheets at the dinner table. Although these small things might not matter in our everyday new world, they matter to me. I will always try to have so much fun that I forget to document things with my phone. The laughter and memories without the technology present. Those are the moments worth remembering.

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