What Should Science Bros Call Me

This blog is catalyzed by three of the most incredibly bad-ass science bros you will ever have the misfortune of meeting.
We run this town, bitches.

Anonymous asked: I love science, a lot, but it doesn't come as easily to me as the humanities. My dream is to be a researcher, but where I'm passing my English courses with A+s without even trying I'm barely scraping through my science courses with B's.I feel awful, it's my passion but it just doesn't come as easy, and now I feel like I shouldn't be in the sciences at all because English is clearly what I'm good at. Any advice?

A.L.

Personally, I think if you’re passionate about science you should definitely pursue it! Everyone has there strengths and weaknesses when it comes to studying and everyone faces challenges when it comes to what they’re passionate about; I think most people reaching a point in studying science where they find themselves challenged and have to get creative to overcome those challenges. 

Perhaps you can find new ways of studying science which will allow you to utilize the strengths which have allowed you to succeed in English.

There are also definitely careers and avenues in the field of science that would allow you to also utilize your strengths, there are a ton of options when it comes to science and there are sure to be so many more and science continues to grow and advance.  

Do what you love; do what makes you happy. That’s what matters. 

(Also, if it makes you feel any better, I’ve gotten my fair share of B’s. Science isn’t always a walk in the park; it’s not always possible to do perfectly. I’ve always felt like the challenge science presents is a big part of why it’s so wonderful to pursue.)

Hopefully that helps! 

itendswithe asked: Hey bros, I'm a grad student studying animal behavior and currently quite a stressed one at that - that you for making me laugh and reminisce about my undergrad days! Keep up with the science everyone! Grad school is awful and wonderful :)

A.L. 

I JUST realized we hadn’t yet gotten around to answering this. (Sorry guys, it’s been a rough semester)

 Anyway, you are so welcome and I’m so glad this made you laugh and reminisce! You’re wonderful and good luck with grad school!

Analytical Chemistry Lab in a nutshell

Analytical Chemistry Lab in a nutshell

greeklilly asked: I love your page! And I am a Science major, hoping to be a science double major. Do you have any tips on how to make sure I get good grades and keep up with all the work? Also how do I study for science exams, i am finding it hard to study? I am struggling and I need help. Science is my passion.

E.P. Thanks! Personally, making flashcards and doing problems relevant to what I’m studying are things that help me. And if you really need help, don’t hesitate to ask TAs and professors at their office hours! Study groups also help a lot. Good luck!

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A.L.

I agree, making flash cards and doing problems are definitely a solid studying strategy. 

I also find rereading the chapters and my notes from class to be very helpful. Usually I do that and rewrite the most important information as I go and that way it serves as both studying and putting together a sort of study sheet.

Good luck! You can do it!

sheslikeanancientartifact asked: After having a full year of only science and math classes it is very weird to have a liberal arts class. My professor for that class says things like, "Oh you don't take notes, this is discussion," and "well how do you know what you're experiencing is real or not?" And I'm trying to wrack my brain for journal articles with relevant data but that's not how the class works. I forgot how to not science. Anyone else have similar experiences?

A.L.

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Man, I totally feel that. BIG TIME.

My reaction to discussion courses can basically be summed up as “deer in the headlights”. It’s great, professors just love it. 

Luckily philosophy and literature courses always seem to reach a point or two where science is somehow tangentially relevant and that’s when I STRIKE and get those coveted participation points.

I’m sure my classmates appreciate me dragging science into the mix.