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SPRING 2021 

 

Isabel Adams

Isabel

isabelaugustine@gmail.com

 

Major: Engineering

What are your future plans?

Medical School.

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Excited!!

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I love hiking and practically anything outdoors. 

What I love about chemistry:

Ochem is like figuring out a puzzle!

What advice would you give new students?

Make sure you practice a little bit every day. 

 

Natasha Andreasen

Natasha

natasha.andreasen@gmail.com

 

Major: Engineering

What are your future plans?

Medical School.

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Thrilled!

Hobbies/fun facts: 

Skiing, backpacking, fly fishing and doting on my dog Danner. 

What I love about chemistry:

It is so intricate and beautiful and yet it makes up everything around us! Like WHAT?!?!

Advice to students:

Make sure you put in the time! You will enjoy the course more if you put in the hours to learn and get out what you put in!

Jonny Brewer

 

Jonny

jonny1213@gmail.com

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? 

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Passionate

Hobbies/fun facts:

I love to play soccer, volleyball, ski, and go boating!

What I love about chemistry:

There are sometimes multiple ways to come to the same conclusion which may help people with different learning styles.

Advice to students:

As long as you keep trying your effort will be rewarded.

 

Evan Carlson

Evan 

u1144852@utah.edu

 

 

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? 

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Excitement

Hobbies/fun facts:

I like working out, mountain biking, skiing, and anything else outdoors.

What I love about chemistry:

I love solving the problems and mechanisms, they're just like puzzles.

Advice to students:

Don't get discouraged. Once you get the basics down you will have a lot of fun with this class!

 

 

Matt Chambers

Matt

matthew.chambers@utah.edu

 

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans?

Medical school

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Satisfying

Hobbies/fun facts:

I enjoy working out, mountain biking, and backpacking

What I love about chemistry:

You get to solve puzzles that are applicable to real life

Advice to students:

Stay on top of the work! Also, make sure to use old worksheets to study for the tests

Madelyn Chi

Maddy

maddy4c@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans:

Undecided (Grad School)

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry:

Positive (pun intended)

Hobbies/fun Facts:

I feel like a grandma; I have back pain and I love crocheting/knitting! I also learned some basic embroidery while quarantined at home. Art is one of my favorite things to do whenever I find the inspiration and the time.

What I love about chemistry:

It helps us make sense of the world, starting from a molecular level. It's crazy to think about how tiny differences make a huge impact!

Advise to students:

Even though there is a harsh learning curve, it really does get better! 

Focusing on understanding how and why things happen during a reaction will help guide you toward the next step. This helps you conquer the complex problems, too. Feel free to reach out for help or clarification - that's what we're here for!

Spencer Cook

Spencer

cookspencer1@gmail.com

 

 

Major: Psychology

What are your future plans?

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Exciting

Hobbies/fun facts:

Campus is a great long boarding resort!

What I love about chemistry:

It's the math of biology

Advice to students:

Work together and practice, practice, practice

Liam Cunningham

Liam 

liamlando@gmail.com

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans?

Medical School 

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Gratifying

Hobbies/fun facts:

Exploring, Hiking, Running, Skiing, Quarantining, Boxing, Playing the Cello and other instruments

What I love about chemistry:

I love how problems are often like a puzzle and can be approached many different way and still get the correct answer. I also love how applicable chemistry is to life from things like the Maillard reaction that give toasted marshmallow that distinct brown and flavor, to the synthesis of TNT and so much more.

Advice to students:

Do your best at the beginning of the class to really understand what's going on and once it clicks the rest of the class will be so much more manageable and enjoyable. It may take some time though, I would also say making an organizational notebook, it will be invaluable to your understanding as well as on tests and quizzes and even help you into OChem 2. One last thing I would say is meet new people, make study groups, ask for help from TAs and Holly and I promise OChem will be a great experience.

 Jeebika Dahal Jeebika

jeebikadahal@gmail.com

Major: Operations and Supply Chain

What are your future plans?

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Enthusiastic

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I speak 3 languages. I love to cook/bake. I have hiked several trails in Utah.

What I love about chemistry: 

I love that chemistry can be applied to so many different aspects of life. And I also love the feeling of satisfaction when you finally after several hours understand a concept/ or how a mechanism work.

Advice to students:

Stay on top of the PDQ and the PS. Also, be sure to review them constantly before exams and quizzes.

Gabrielle Desjardins

Gabrielle

gabidsj@gmail.com

 

 

 

 Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans?

Medical School 

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Love

Hobbies/fun facts:

I love to run, hike, and play with my dog (Toby) and my cat (Tulio). I have recently purchased a pet-carrying backpack, so I am hoping to combine the last two hobbies in the future. In my recent streak of boredom, I've decided to try crocheting dinosaur stuffed animals.

What I love about chemistry:

I love the community. Chemistry can be a difficult subject, but the atmosphere (especially throughout my Organic Chemistry experience) has been positive and motivating. There were times that I broke down because I was so overwhelmed with everything; however, I had a lot of support from my peers, TAs', and Dr. Sebahar that helped me through it. I've met so many inspiring people, and that is what I love the most about chemistry.

Advice to students:

If your schedule permits, show up to the virtual lectures. It forces you to be engaged, and it allows you to ask questions right when you have them. If you are unable to attend the live lectures, write down questions as soon as they come up, so you don't forget. Then ask those questions either by appointment with Dr. Sebahar, during discussion, or at a TAs' office hours.

Aruna Dhungel

Aruna

arunadhungel@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major: Health Society and Policy

What are your future plans?

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Intrigued

Hobbies/fun facts:

I love reading, hiking and eating. I am total foodie.

What I love about chemistry:

It is very challenging but in the end it is very fulfilling as well.

Advice to students:

If you already know that you will not have enough time for this class don't take it this semester, please wait. In my opinion, this class will require you to invest at least 10 hours a week. If you can't do that, this course will be unnecessarily hard and stressful for you. So take this course when you have the time and energy, and it will be a lot more fun.

 

Trisha Enriquez

Trisha

trishapaulineenriquez@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? 

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Rewarding

Hobbies/fun facts:

I like to sing, tap dance, and tell really bad jokes. I also LOVE a good dessert and spending time with my family back home in the Philippines.

What I love about chemistry:

I love how it changes how I see the world around me. Everything that happens in nature has an explanation, and studying chemistry allows me to learn how everything works together to create the world we live in!

Advice to students: 

Work on organic chemistry every day, even if just for a little bit of time. Getting comfortable with concepts as early as possible will prevent you from getting overwhelmed. Never hesitate to ask questions or look for help when you need it. All of your hard work WILL pay off! You're more than capable of success!

Rose Godfrey

Rose

rosewgodfrey2000@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans?

Medical school

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Enjoyable

Hobbies/fun facts:

I love to ski, play tennis, skateboard, and garden

What I love about chemistry:

I like that it's kind of a puzzle, especially synthesis and mechanisms; you learn all these concepts and it all comes together in the end. I also like that it's not just straight memorization.

Advice to students:

Don't procrastinate too much, it's hard to catch back up. Practice helps a lot with this class.

Chase Hart

 

Chase

 

cchase.hart@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 Major: Biology

What are your future plans?

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Awakening

Hobbies/fun facts:

I enjoy caffeine, yoga, and working on old motorcycles.

What I love about chemistry:

The most satisfying part/what I love the most about chemistry has been learning to draw beautiful hexagons quickly.

Advice to students:

O-Chem is what you make it; take advantage of all the resources provided for you. If you do, there is no reason not to succeed and enjoy the class.

Serena Hawatmeh

 Serena

serenahawatmeh@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Major: Health Society and Policy

What are your future plans? Medical School. 

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Challenged

Hobbies/fun facts:

I love exercising and am always looking for fun new types of workouts! I've recently gotten into hiking, climbing, and yoga!

What I love about chemistry:

I love organic chemistry because it is like a puzzle, rather than just memorizing information and formulas. You really get to test and challenge what you know, and it's so rewarding when you make progress!

Advice to students:

Organic chemistry is so unique and unlike most science classes you've taken before. Don't feel down if it doesn't click right away! With time and practice you can master it!

Hope Higgs

Hope

u1181403@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 Major: Health Promotion and Policy

What are your future plans? 

Masters of Public Health and Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Challenging

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I love the NBA!

What I love about chemistry

I love the problem solving involved in every synthesis or mechanism problem. Achieving the correct final product when given a hard problem is so satisfying and self rewarding.

Advice to students:

Organic chemistry is challenging. If you take the time to dig deep and understand the 'why' behind every problem, you will be successful in this course.

Emily Huang

Emily
emy.huang24@gmail.com

Major: Biology

What are your future plans?  

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Fascination

Hobbies/fun facts:

I like to climb with friends and watch movies!

What I love about chemistry:

I love the applicability of organic chemistry to daily life. This makes learning about so much more interesting as I apply the abstract concepts to concrete examples.

Advice to students:

Make sure to get out there and meet new people! O-Chem is where I met really great friends and found my study community.

Rachel Jones

Rachel

u1185639@utah.edu

 

 

 

 

 Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Graduate School in Biology

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Elegant

Hobbies/fun facts:

I am a trail runner and love the mountains. I also love coffee and chocolate.

What I love about chemistry:

First, I like to think of chemistry as the building block for biology, so the more I understand of chemistry, the deeper I can understand biology. Second, I think of organic chemistry as a puzzle or problem to be solved. It's like math but better.

Advice to students:

I would advise new students to work as many problems as possible. It makes a big difference and helps on the exam when you can recognize patterns even if the problem is something you haven't seen before.

Hyonoo Joo

Hyonoo

hyjoo99@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Major: Engineering

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Limitless

Hobbies/fun facts:

I enjoy rock climbing and quality vegan cheese.

What I love about chemistry:

I think it's so cool to understand the molecules we interact with everyday. I love that chemistry is a blend of creativity, challenge, and discovery.

Advice to students:

This course can be so rewarding with hard work and persistence. Find a good study group and ask your TA's and teachers for help when you need it. You got this!

Marina Knysheva

Marina

 

u1029061@utah.edu

 

 

 

 

 Major: Health Promotion and Policy

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Fascinated

Hobbies/fun facts: I love baking, photography, and hiking.

What I love about chemistry:

I love the mechanisms. Seeing the arrows move and transform one molecule to a new molecule has always been fascinating to me. It's so interesting to think about how quickly these reactions are happening in a flask.

Advice to students:

Find a study group! Learning organic chemistry becomes much more exciting when you can do it with others.

 Kasper Koblanski

  Kasper

kasper.koblanski@utah.edu

 

 

Major: Engineering

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Absorbing

Hobbies/fun facts: I enjoy travelling to visit family in Poland, playing soccer, and learning new games. I'm insanely scared of heights, but I'll always make an exception for skiing.

What I love about chemistry:

Even though it's difficult to make observations on the smallest scales, I'm always baffled by how accurately we can use models and logic to predict chemistry in our world.

Advice to students:

Always look out for patterns and trends that make the most sense, especially if no one forces you to. Everyone learns at their own pace, but you always make the most progress when taking the initiative.

Michelle Le

Michelle

michelle.le00@yahoo.com

 Major: Exercise and Sports Science

What are your future plans?

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Fun

Hobbies/fun facts:

I love drawing, being outdoors, and spending with family and friends.

What I love about chemistry: 

It's such a broad topic and is used in everyday life.

Advice to students:

Don't be afraid to ask for help!

Angelina Liu

Angelina

angelinaliu1999@gmail.com

 

 Major: Biology

What are your future plans?

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Creative

Hobbies/fun facts:

I love traveling, playing the piano, and knitting.

What I love about chemistry:

Chemistry is everywhere. It's so easy to connect what you learn in class to phenomenon you see in everyday life.

Advice to students:

Develop an effective study plan and stay on top of course material. Don't hesitate to reach out and ask questions!

 Alex Malin

Alex

alexmalin1997@gmail.com

 

 

 Major: Medical Laboratory Science

What are your future plans? 

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Fun

Hobbies/fun facts:

I recently got into canyoneering, one of the most adventurous sports out there, and peak blitzing. I'm definitely an outdoors person

What I love about chemistry:

Everything has an explanation to the finest detail of understanding. Chemistry helps connect biological processes and makes a lot of other science make sense

Advice to students:

Go to TA sessions early and get to know your discussion TA. They are there to help and want you to succeed. If you have a question or are stuck, don't google the answer or look it up online. Text your TA and they'll help you understand the concepts.

Nam Nguyen

Nam 

nam.nguyen@utah.edu


 

 

 

 

 Major: Biology

 

What are your future plans? 

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Love

Hobbies/fun facts:

I like running, baking, and binging K-dramas.

What I love about chemistry:

It's like physics but without the math or crying.

Advice to students:

Organic chemistry builds on itself. Work hard early on to set up a good foundation, and all the later things will come much easier

Esperanza Oyarzyun 

Esperanza

u1122751@utah.edu

Major: Biology and Linguistics double major

 

What are your future plans? 

Medical School, specializing in Neurology

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Fun!

Hobbies/fun facts:

I enjoy dancing and the outdoors whenever I can.

What I love about chemistry:

Chemistry feels like a puzzle sometimes and I enjoy solving it.

Advice to students:

Take every opportunity to practice and do problems, it will really help.

Samira Saeed

Samira

samira9saeed@gmail.com

 Major: Biomedical Engineering (premed focus) Chemistry Minor (graduated May 2020) 

What are your future plans? Biomedical Engineering Masters (graduating May 2021)

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Pretty

Hobbies/fun facts:

I love dance, choreographing, skiing, film making, hiking, running, traveling (not currently hahaha), makeup, and volunteering.

What I love about chemistry:

I love that chemistry can give us insight into how our world works down to the smallest detail.

Advice to students:

  • Drill those PSs and PDQs!! Especially before exams but also consistently throughout the semester. I suggest finishing/redoing the PS from each week over the weekend. When you are redoing problems from the PSs and PDQs before exams try timing yourself so you can get an idea of how long it takes you to solve problems, then try to cut down on that time as you do similar problems. This will make exams less of a time crunch (something most students struggle with when taking this class). 
  • Find the TAs that work with your personality/learning style and go to their reviews but don't waste your study time going to every single review available. While studying with others can be helpful when you are first learning something, make sure you carve out lots of individual study time because when it comes to exams all you've got is yourself! 
  • If you are attending an exam review come to the review already having studied. The review will be much more useful to you that way.
  • If you and your discussion TA aren't vibing change groups! No hard feelings, we want you to be with the TA that can help you the most. 
  • If you don't understand something, reach out to a TA or Holly. We want to help! Like seriously!
  • Put in a lot of effort at the beginning of the semester so that you are solid on the basics and can have an easier time moving forward in the semester.
  • Never forget about resonance!! Ever! It always comes back!
  • Ultimately, you get out of this class the effort you put in...so be ready to work hard!

Anahy Salcedo

Anahy 

anahysalcedo@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Major: Exercise and Sports Science

What are your future plans? 

Community Work/Non-Profit Sector

Hobbies/fun facts:

I like hiking, spending time with friends and family and I love making DIY crafts!

What I love about chemistry:

I love that you can build on what you learn as you continue to learn and that it can be applicable to things outside of the class.

Advice to students:

Ask questions; talk to Holly and your TAs! 

 Harini Srinivasan

Harini 

harini.srini2@gmail.com

Major: Biochemistry

What are your future plans? 

Obtain an MD-PhD degree and conduct translational biological research

 

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Passionate!

Hobbies/fun facts:

I love to play with  my dog, listen to crime podcasts and watch crime documentaries. I made a bucket list of hikes I want to do in the summer with my friends.

What I love about chemistry:

I love how chemistry can explain microscopic interactions between molecules and how those interactions dictate different reactions. It helps me understand the bigger picture. 

Advice to students:

Don't be afraid to reach out to Holly, TAs and your classmates. I got through this class by forming study groups with my discussion section. If you're confused on a certain topic and it's time-sensitive, I like to use The Organic Chemistry tutur on YouTube to solidify my understanding. Plan ahead for midterms and give yourself at least 3-5 days to prepare. I like to start by doing the PS, then the PDQ, then a practice exam in that order. Try not opening the key and this way you can see how much of the information you have retained and what you need to study. 

 

Tara Tazehabadi

Tara

u1195784@utah.edu

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? 

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Love!!!

Hobbies/fun facts:

I can be very artsy on my free days and I love learning to play new instruments when possible!

What I love about chemistry:

I love chemistry because it makes life make more sense in different ways! I especially love O-Chem because it allows students to think outside of the box to find the right answers for each problem and find different ways to approach the same problems.

Advice to students:

Make O-Chem a puzzle to be solved! Make it fun

Jon Trujillo

Jon

jonp.trujillo@gmail.com

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 Major: Postbac

What are your future plans? 

Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Thrilled

Hobbies/fun facts:

I taught social dance for several years.

What I love about chemistry:

It's the foundation of life.

Advice to students:

Master the basics.

Truc Vuong

Truc 

truc.vuong@utah.edu

Major: Biology (Bachelor degree, graduate 2019), and currently Biomedical Informatics (Master Degree)

What are your future plans?

PhD in Biology and/or Computational Biology

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Love

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I am an international student from Vietnam and I have been in Utah for more than 5 years! Some of my hobbies are reading, hiking, going on long walks, cooking, and hanging out with friends and family.

What I love about chemistry: 

For me, chemistry and biology always go together. With chemistry, we can understand how our body and life work the way they are!

Advice to students:

Organic Chemistry might look intimidating at first, but don't be scared! Working on problems and understanding the WHY behind them is essential. I remembered when I took the class many years ago, my TAs, Holly, and my peers were helpful resources, so make sure that you are asking questions whenever you feel lost. Remember that there is no such thing as stupid questions. We are all here and rooting for you guys! And the most important things are ENJOY and HAVE FUN!! ;)

Mingyang Zhang

Ming

u0920706@utah.edu

 

 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans?

Medical school

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? 

Excited

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I enjoy many outdoor activities like playing tennis, hiking, etc. I can also speak Mandarin fluently.

What I love about chemistry: 

I love how tiny little molecules can have such a big impact in our lives, and learning how they work is exciting to me.

Advice to students: 

Stay on top of the homeworks and always seek out for help! There are so many TAs and each of us have unique way of looking at O chem, if one TA doesn't make sense, try to see if another TA's method makes more sense.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated: 6/3/21