Hey everyone, it’s me again! School is truly in full swing, and boy have I been unbelievably busy! Being a science major has a LOT of time and energy commitments that some may not realize! So for those of you out there, who are considering a science as their major (and by science, I mean like chemistry, biology, pre-professional, physics, etc.) here’s some tips on how to survive college as a scientist!
1) 18 credit hours will be the normal each semester: basically, you will average 5 to 6 classes each semester. That may not sound like a lot, especially compared to high school, but you’ll find that you’ll be busy a LOT.
2) Talk to your professor! They know what they’re talking about! Most of our faculty bring in real-life experience to the classroom, which is awesome! The professors help their students look for possible careers after graduation, that concern their major. Most also have connections, which mean that a recommendation from them will look good to employers Make sure to get to know your academic adviser, and make the effort to make sure your professor knows you
3) Lab reports: they aren’t the same as the “reports” you did in high school. Your professor wants your report to be as thorough as possible, and extensive. You’ll find yourself writing professional level reports, which not only will get you a good grade in the class, but you’ll find yourself writing at a much more sophisticated and professional level. (Can you say AWESOME!?)
4) Hands on experience! Our students conduct their own research projects at some point in their career here at Lewis. That looks so good to potential employers! People want to know that you have had experience in the lab, performing independent experiments, and be able to handle the challenges that come with being in a lab. Plus, some of our students have internships with local major laboratories, such as Argonne!
Last, but not least….
5) Make sure to balance your intense academic sessions with some fun! Every current science major here at Lewis will tell you the same: even the most studious of students needs a break every so often! So remember to put away those organic, calculus, and physics books at some point, and go check out a Volleyball game, or hang out with some friends over dinner, or even go check out a new club or two!!
Until next time!!!