'Eleven' Stages Of Taking Organic Chemistry, As Told By 'Stranger Things'

'Eleven' Stages Of Taking Organic Chemistry, As Told By 'Stranger Things'

Warning: There will be lots of crying.
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If you are in a pre-health major, you will most likely have to take either one or two semesters of Organic Chemistry.

If you haven't taken the class yet, you have probably heard scary stories about the class from the people who took it before you. If you are currently in the class, you are most likely realizing that all those scary stories are indeed true. If you already took the class and passed it, wow, props to you guys.

Taking Organic Chemistry can be a whole semester of unnecessary stress and emotion, so without further ado, here are the stages of taking O-chem as told by the beloved cast of Stranger Things.

1. The "I think I can do this" stage.

You have all the confidence going in. You sit down in your seat and you ask yourself "how bad can this be?" You soon realize that Organic Chemistry is worse than you ever imagined.

2. The "it is only the second week and I'm failing" stage

You don't even know how this is possible but then you decide to check why and this is when you realize you failed your first quiz. The quiz you walked out of feeling very confident about. So, you cry.

3. The "I can get my grade up before the end of the semester" stage.

So, then you tell yourself that failing the first quiz is okay because there are more points for you to obtain during the progression of the semester. You quit your crying for about a week and tell yourself that you are going to read the textbook and go to study sessions.

4. The "realization that everyone is failing too" stage

At about, week 7 (for GCU), you have gone to the study sessions, you participate in class, but you're still failing. So, the crying begins again. You then ask the person sitting next to you what their grade is and you get a little satisfaction when you hear them say they are failing too. It makes you feel less bad about yourself.

5. The "Midterm grade" stage.

The anxiety you will get while waiting for midterm grades to be posted is probably the worst part of taking this class. Now, some of you will pass (congrats to you guys), and most of you will fail (which is normal). So, now your grade is suffering even more and you probably have never seen your grade this low. More crying happens.

6. The "maybe I should drop the class" stage.

This stage will probably happen about 100 times in the one semester you will take this class. Most of you will drop it (which is fine, it is better to drop a class than to fail one), and some of you will tough it out. From those who tough it out, the week of the "class drop" deadline, there will be students who look at their grades and know that they will not be able to pass. Hence, more crying.

7. The "wow, I actually understand this chapter" stage.

You'll be in class and your professor will be explaining how to name Alkanes. You will sit there so proud of yourself because you can actually answer his questions because you are finally understanding something!

8. The "wait, just kidding. I don't understand this at all" stage.

Then, you get back to your dorm/home and try to do the homework. This is when you realize that you understanding something was just a hoax and your mind was playing a practical joke on you. So, you stare at your homework and cry for a few minutes. Then, you buy Chegg to make your life easier. Your life ends up being harder because you still don't understand anything. *Insert stress crying here*

9. The "I hate everyone who has a better grade than me" stage

There is always that one person in an O-chem class that brags about his or her grade and it is even worse when it is for an exam that you totally bombed. That person goes on to say "yeah, not to brag or anything, but I got a B on the exam" and you are sitting there inwardly stressing about the F you got on the same exam. So, then you naturally start to hate the person even though you are going to ask to be in his or her study group.

10. The "I'm just going to drop out of school and live at my parents' house for the rest of my life" stage.

You're gonna realize that you don't need to be a doctor or a forensic scientist and you can just go home because your mom will always love you. Some of you will actually do this, I know a couple of people who did, but most of you will stick through it and just continue stressing out and crying because you know that passing this class will be worth it.

11. The "acceptance but inner denial" stage.

Whether you fail the class, pass with a C, or pass it with a B, you will go through this weird stage where you look at your final grade and you either cry of sadness or happiness. Then, you will accept what you received and either sign up to retake the class or move on to the next semester of O-chem. On the inside, you will always have this feeling like you could have done better, you could have asked more questions, you could have joined more study groups, etc. We live in a society where if we don't get straight A's, then we are not as "smart" as those who got the A, but look at it this way: You tried. Whether you failed or succeeded, you tried and that is what matters.


Just to summarize: O-chem is hard. It will probably be the hardest class offered at your school. You will cry. A lot. In the end, you will get through it. You got this!

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Real talk, this whole "they're stealing our resources!" thing has to stop.

It ranges from welfare to acceptance letters into prestigious universities. People (and by people, I'm referring to those who identify as white) have made the assumption that they are having their opportunities stolen by people of color. That's ridiculous.

I love my university. I love the people at my university. However, when I sit in a classroom and look around at my colleagues, the majority of them are white. Of course, there are some classes that are filled with more people of color, but for the most part, they're predominantly white. So, let's say that out of a classroom of 30 students, only 7 identify as people of color.

In what world can somebody make the argument that those 7 students are stealing the spot of a white student? I don't think people realize how hard those 7 students had to work just to be in the same spot as their white counterparts.

Let me use my experience: I am a Latina woman who is attending university on a full-ride scholarship. I don't always tell people about this, because I don't feel like being asked, "wow, what did you do to get that?!" A lot. I keep hearing this ignorant question of, "How come illegal immigrants can get scholarships, but I can't?"

First off, those "illegal immigrants" you're bashing, don't even qualify for financial aid. They don't qualify for most scholarships, actually. Second, have you considered that maybe, that "illegal immigrant" worked hard in and outside of school to earn their scholarship? I received my full-ride scholarship on the basis of my GPA, but also because I am a lower-class woman of color and was selected because I am disproportionately affected by poverty and access to a quality education.

So, this scholarship was literally created because there is an understanding that minorities don't have the same access to education as our white counterparts. It's not a handout though, I had to work hard to get the money that I have now. When white students get scholarships, it's not a handout but when you're Latina like me, apparently it is.

This way of viewing minorities and their education is damaging, and further discourages these people from receiving a quality education. We didn't steal anybody's spot, we had to work to get where we are, twice as hard as our white colleagues that are not discriminated against on a daily basis.

Instead of tearing down students of color because you didn't get a scholarship, why not criticize the American education system instead? It's not our fault tuition is $40k a year, and we have no reason to apologize for existing in a space that is predominantly white.

To students of color: you worked hard to get where you are, and I am proud of you. To white students: I'm proud of you too. We all worked hard to get to where we are now, let's lift each other up, not put each other down.

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